Expert panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that Native Americans face in starting and growing businesses on tribal lands. Panelists will address a wide variety of questions including:
• What is the current general state of entrepreneurship on tribal lands, recognizing that each tribe is different?
• What are the major challenges in developing entrepreneurs on tribal land?
• What are the access to capital challenges on tribal land?
The following are our esteemed panelists:
Director/Chief Executive Officer, Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation
Cindy Logsdon is the director/chief executive officer of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation. She oversees a staff of seven focused on economic development and access to capital in Indian Country. Her expertise is in loan servicing, internal systems management, reporting and relationships with funding entities, as well as managing the financial reporting for the organization.
Instructor, Heider College of Business
Taylor Keen is a full-time instructor at Creighton University's Heider College of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Keen is also the founder of Sacred Seed, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to propagate tribal seed sovereignty, battle for tribal sacred geography, and seek cultural revitalization among tribal peoples.
Project Manager, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Heather Sobrepena is the project manager for the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Center for Indian Country Development supports the prosperity of Native Nations through actionable research, policy development, and community collaboration.
Vanessa Roanhorse (Diné) is the chief executive officer of Roanhorse Consulting, an Indigenous women-lead think tank that co-designs wealth and power building efforts that invests in thoughtful community-led efforts that put people back in the center.
Vanessa Roanhorse (Diné)
Chief Executive Officer, Roanhorse Consulting