Promote your business
or organization at the
Vendor Fee of $100.00
(includes meals and summit registration)
Vendor Fee of $75.00
Northern Minnesota Reservation
Economic Development Summit and Trade Show
August 13 & 14, 2008
Northern Lights Casino, Walker, MN
Chair, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Arthur "Archie" LaRose has been a lifelong resident of the Leech Lake Reservation. Archie has been with his wife Tammy for the past 19 years and they have four healthy children named Dominic, Tevin, Tiana, and Jaymond.
Archie was first elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2002 and has faced political opposition resulting in having to be elected to the Secretary-Treasurer position three times. He is a grassroots elected official that stands for the rights of the Leech Lake people. Archie resigned his Secretary-Treasurer position and was elected Chairman in April of 2008 in an unprecedented primary election victory.
Archie has been an Ojibwe Hymn Singer for the past 11 years. He has lived his life with these fundamental principles: working hard, love your family, treasure your friends and respect your elders.
Floyd Jourdain, Jr.
Chair, Red Lake Nation
Floyd "Buck" Jourdain presides as Chairman of a band of Ojibwe that controls over 3 quarters of a million acres of woodlands, lakes, and wildlife in northwest Minnesota.
The Red Lake governing body consists of 11 elected officials including the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and 8 representatives from 4 districts. Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, and, Littlerock. The Tribal Council also includes 7 Hereditary Chiefs who serve in an advisory capacity to the Tribal Council and also sit on subordinate committees.
The Red Lake Band is separate from the Minnesota Chippewa tribe umbrella, and holds its tribal lands, resources, and governance independently. With no lands allotted, the Red Lake bands interests are held in common by nearly 10,000 members.
An advocate of chemically free lifestyles, and Native American culture, Jourdain has spent 23 years as a counselor, community organizer, educator, and student of tribal government.
He was educated in political science, and American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota, and Bemidji State University. He also studied American history, and sociology at the Minneapolis community College, and the Leech Lake Tribal College. He is a graduate of Red Lake High school.
Chair, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Erma J. Vizenor was elected Chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation in 2004 and most recently in 2008. In the primary election held on April 1st, she received an unprecedented 66% of the vote from White Earth members, automatically winning re-election without having to move on to the general election in June. In 1996, she was appointed Secretary/Treasurer. She was then elected to the position in 1997. As Chairwoman, she represents all districts on the White Earth Reservation and all White Earth Members throughout the Nation. She is the first Chairwoman of the largest Tribe in Minnesota.
Erma has worked her entire career in education on the White Earth Reservation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a specialist degree in Educational Administration from Minnesota State University in Moorhead. A Bush Leadership fellowship gave Erma the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in Community Decision Making and Lifelong Learning, and a Doctoral Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. Erma is committed to building a strong infrastructure within the White Earth Reservation, which she feels is necessary to exercise sovereignty, self-governance and services to the membership.
Erma has two daughters; Jody and Kristi. She is the proud grandmother of Addie, Bethany, Marina and Cedar.
Government business, develop-ment programs, business opportunities for tribes and individuals, accessing capital, leveraging and maximizing federal and private sector resources and much more.
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2. Complete Form
3. Mail to Address on Form
$75.00 early-bird registration
before July 25, 2008)
$100.00 registration fee
(after July 25, 2008)
Book a Room
The Northern Lights Casino has been fully booked, however there are still rooms available at the Country Inn & Suites and AmericInn in Walker. Please call the following numbers for details:
Country Inn: (218) 547-1400
AmericInn: (218) 547-2200