Indian Legal Program hosts American Indian economic development conference Feb. 27-28

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 Robert Miller

The Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will host a conference titled “Sustaining the Reservation: Creating Tribal Economies,” on Feb. 27 and 28 at the ASU Tempe campus.

The conference will bring together scholars, tribal leaders, economists, economic development planners, attorneys, and others to explore viable solutions for economic development on reservations. Topics to be covered include: economic diversification, energy development, housing, banking, finance and taxation, as well as off-reservation development.

“One of the greatest challenges tribal governments and tribal citizens face today is how to create sustainable economies that will help preserve reservations as the permanent homelands of their families, governments, and cultures,” said law professor, Robert Miller, one of the organizers of the conference.

The keynote speakers for the conference are Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior and Diane Enos, President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

“We are thrilled to have these distinguished keynote speakers, and the rest of the presenters who are coming from around the country to join us for this conference.” Miller said. “I think it shows how important an issue this is and what is at stake for tribal governments and communities.”

Conference registration is open to the public. Legal professionals attending may qualify for up to 10 general continuing legal education (CLE) credits for the state bar associations for Arizona, California and New Mexico. 



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