March 24, 2021 –
Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) Director Casey Lozar invites you to the launch of our CICD Policy Webinar Series, a set of virtual forums focused on understanding and addressing the systemic limitations and structural barriers that constrain tribal self-determination and the modernization of tribal economies. The series will inform policymakers and their advisors on how tribal governments labor to provide an optimal yet shifting mix of public goods and services under conditions of scarcity and limited autonomy. Throughout the series, thought leaders will explore potential policy actions that can improve the collective good of Indian Country.
The series kicks off on March 24 with a session focused on the question “How Are Tribal Economies Faring Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic?” Due to COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on service-oriented industries such as gaming, Indian Country is especially vulnerable to this period of economic contraction. At the kick-off event, join tribal policy experts, economists, researchers, and tribal leaders in a national policy conversation around the delivery of government services and how tribal governments are making difficult choices to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and strategize into the future. Speakers will:
- Provide a snapshot of the challenges and contrived limits tribal governments confront to provide public goods in Indian Country;
- Discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is amplifying limitations of public infrastructure, and how tribes are responding; and
- Elevate policy solutions that enhance tribal sovereignty and meet the needs of tribal citizens.
- Dr. Miriam Jorgensen, Research Director and Research Professor, Native Nations Institute, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona; Research Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Dr. Randall Akee, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program Chair and American Indian Culture and Research Journal Editor, University of California Los Angeles
- Leonard Forsman, Chairman, Suquamish Tribe; Board Chair, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
- Shelley Buck, President, Prairie Island Indian Community; Vice Chairwoman, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council