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Member Education Sessions: Economic Development in Indian Country

1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Event Description

Throughout Indian Country, the realities of capitalism are evident in our communities and within the philanthropic sector. The achievements of Indigenous peoples, businesses, and Native Nations reflect the resilience and innovation carried forward by our ancestors. Engaging in business development and effectively implementing it is a demonstration of sovereignty in practice. Utilizing this strategy for the advancement of our people and communities is essential to protecting and preserving our culture, knowledge, and traditions for the next seven generations.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:00 pm ET for a very special economic development conversation delving into the distinct roles of government and philanthropy. The discussion will begin with the Treasurer of the United States, Chief Lynn Malerba (Mohegan), and NAP’s CEO, Erik R. Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nation - Nakoda). This encompassing conversation will be immediately followed by a conversation between Chris James (Eastern Cherokee), President of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and the Native American Finance Officers Association’s President, Chairman Rodney Butler (Mashantucket Pequot).


Native Americans in Philanthropy welcomes you to engage in a gathering of nonprofits, philanthropy, emerging leaders, and Indigenous communities for discussions and collaborative action for building philanthropy rooted in Native traditions and values.  

Our curated education sessions of virtual conversations, panels, and speakers represent the diversity of Indian Country, the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in America, and the allies that are working to support these communities. These sessions are designed for NAP members working in philanthropy and will focus on how philanthropy can operate differently to center Indigenous perspectives and values. 

Through these sessions, NAP is passing the mic to individuals, Tribes, and Indigenous nonprofits who are experts in their respective fields. This intentional platform will foster an informed membership that will lead the shifting of the philanthropic sector in deeper, more impactful ways that serve the people, communities, and causes they care about. 

About Our Speakers


Chief Lynn Malerba (Mohegan) (she/her)

Treasurer, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Chris James (Eastern Cherokee) (he/him)

President & CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

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Chairman Rodney Butler (Mashantucket Pequot) (he/him)

Board President, Native American Finance Officers Association

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Erik R. Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nation - Nakoda) (he/him)

CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

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Bobby “Trae” Trousdale (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) (he/him)

Education Resource Facilitator, Native Americans in Philanthropy

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