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NAP Staff & Board Members Headed To Reservation Economic Summit

July 16, 2021 | 1 min read

NAP Staff & Board Members Headed To Reservation Economic Summit

Next week, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) will host RES2021 or the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

RES2021 is advertised as “featuring unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s, on a national platform. “ 

NCAIED promises that RES2021 is the place to attend “for those looking for high caliber networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, centered around building bridges of opportunity with and for the American Indian Enterprise.” 

We at Native Americans in Philanthropy are most excited for a Monday breakout session titled, “Changing the Face of Philanthropy: Native Funds and Native People in Foundations.” 

The panel will be moderated by Sherry Salway Black, Vice Chair, Johnson Scholarship Foundation and Trustee at Native American Agriculture Fund. The discussion will include our own Vice President of Development and External Engagement, Dawn Knickerbocker, as well as two of our board members, Carly Bad Heart Bull, Executive Director of Native Ways Federation, and Chad Poitra, Executive Director of Tiwahe Foundation. Other panelists include, Michelle Kauhane, Sr. Vice President of Community Grants and Initiatives at Hawaii Community Foundation, and Lori Pourier, President of First Peoples Fund and Board Member at Jerome Foundation.  

According to the RES2021 Agenda, “This panel features Native people serving in both Native and mainstream philanthropic organizations who will share their work and discuss trends in philanthropy, particularly trends relevant to Native people. The panel will seek to answer a fundamental question: will the changing face of philanthropy bring more much-needed dollars to Indian Country?” 

The panel will take place on Monday, July 19, 2021 in the Las Vegas Ballroom I of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.  

RES 2021 is predicting 4,000+ attendees from across the U.S. and Canada and will feature over a hundred training, academic bootcamps, and business development sessions, 30+ artisan booths at the Artisan Market, and the largest Native American business trade show with over two hundred trade show exhibits. 

For more information on RES2021, please visit  


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