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Press Release: Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country

August 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact:     Academy of Tribal & Local Government
                    (877) 945-2200       

Academy of Tribal & Local Government to present innovative practicum “Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country” at 2010 Business Development in Indian Country Conference

Academy’s world-class faculty will lead unique interactive seminar as part of major national Native American economic symposium

August 24, 2010 - The Academy of Tribal & Local Government has been selected to present its innovative practicum “Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country” at the 2010 Business Development in Indian Country Conference, produced by Buss Productions and hosted by Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, Minnesota September 27-29, 2010.

Hosted this year by the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Business Development in Indian Country Conference brings together hundreds of tribal and business leaders from across the United States to share experiences and ideas for building sustainable tribal economies. The Academy’s “Working Solutions” seminar will be an interactive working group practicum focusing on real-world solutions to some of the most important issues unique to Indian Country today. The seminar will be conducted over two days, September 28-29.

“Working Solutions”, led by Deron Marquez, co-founder and CEO of the Academy and former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, will be an excellent networking opportunity and will explore real issues affecting tribes nationwide.

Participants will assume the roles of major Indian Country stakeholders, including tribal government leadership, economic development teams, budget and finance professionals, the media, state and local government officials, grassroots opposition groups, and even advocates for Native American social issues.

Under the guidance of Academy faculty, participants will work together in groups to develop effective strategies to achieve stated goals and present their conclusions to the conference. 

"We are not simply dealing in theory; these are real-life issues,” said Mr. Marquez. “We have assembled the finest minds in Indian Country to provide invaluable assistance to tribal leaders dealing with vital Indian issues all over the United States.” 

Marquez added, “The Academy offers a unique mix of education and practical experience that delivers immediate results. Practicum participants will walk away with hands-on experience, knowledge and tools they need to benefit their respective tribal nations.”



The practicum will explore the following issues:

  • Diversifying Tribal Economic Development – Strategies to prepare for the “post-tribal gaming economy”
  • Tribal Finance – Investment strategies in short and long term markets, tools to secure financing in a difficult loan and credit market
  • Defending Tribal interests – Strategies for community relations and controlling the “opposition”
  • Effective Media Relations and Tribal Economic Development – Outreach strategies to generate consistent positive media for your business operations
  • Tribal Economic Power for Social Good – Strategies to optimize tribal economic power and solve many of Indian Country’s unique social issues 


“This is a great opportunity for participants to work through these scenarios by playing the roles of many of the stakeholders they interact with daily,” stated Marquez. “We are honored to be producing what we believe will be an insightful and invigorating event.”

About the Conference
Business Development in Indian County
September 27-29, 2010
Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Red Wing, MN
Reservations (888) 867-7829
Registration online at www.bussproductions.com
Event produced and coordinated by Buss Productions

About the Academy of Tribal & Local Government
The Academy of Tribal & Local Government is a Native-owned and operated institute advancing productive relations between federally recognized tribes and local municipalities nationwide. Utilizing a renowned faculty with more than 200 years of real world and academic experience in Indian Country, the Academy develops customized education programs offering long-term solutions that serve the unique economic, social and cultural needs of these governments. The Academy also serves Indian Country through comprehensive online training for goods and service providers nationwide through its Vendor Certification Program. For more information please visit www.ATLGonline.com.