Networking nations: Minnesota tribes meet in Red Lake for economic development summit
RED LAKE -- Reservation grounds may never be restored to their former glory across the state of sky-tinted water -- Minnesota. But, that doesn’t mean the lands are frozen in time.
Tribal leaders, business representatives, artists and economists convened Tuesday at Seven Clans Casino in Red Lake for the sixth Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit. The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Nation came together to host the biannual event.
Information booths and displays on education, small business development, building construction, communications and energy resources were erected in the casino lobby. Outside, visitors mingled in the artists’ trade show tent where traditional foods and crafts were displayed side-by-side with 21st century development staples and marketing strategies.