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Summit offers lineup of business topics for Indian Country

A Native American-owned and operated media company is hosting its second summit focused on business issues significant to Indian Country Nov. 17 through Nov. 20.

The Native Business Summit is organized by Native Business, which in addition to the event, operates a magazine, business app and podcast.

Native Business was founded in 2018 by Gary Davis (Cherokee Nation) and Carmen Davis (Makah Tribe/Yakama and ChippewaCree).

The first summit took place in 2019 and brought hundreds of tribal stakeholders and Native entrepreneurs from across Indian Country to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, organizers said.

Because of the pandemic and safety concerns for in-person events, this year’s summit will be held in a virtual format.

Carmen Davis (Makah Tribe/Yakama and ChippewaCree)

Speakers that are scheduled to present include leadership from many tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Leaders from organizations with an interest in Indian Country are also scheduled to present. The organizations include the National Indian Gaming Association, National Congress of American Indians, U.S. Department of Energy, Indian Energy LLC, Strongbow Strategies, Six Nations Manufacturing, Tallchief Hemp, Tribal Tech LLC, Arctic IT and more.

The summit agenda includes keynote speakers, business spotlights, roundtables, one-on-one interviews and panels.

The final day of the summit features the “Native Business Award” presentations. Award categories include “Tribal Sovereignty Champion of the Year,” Tribal Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Business and Native Disruptor.

There are several options for tickets to the event. For more information, go to

Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at