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How does a community, in fact and not just in rhetoric, decolonize wealth?  This is a central question that panelists seek to address in the latest edition of NPQ’s continuing Remaking the Economy webinar series.

Titled REMAKING THE ECONOMY IN INDIAN COUTNRY, we begin with a brief interview of Martin Jennings (Ojibwe), who has worked in Indian Country for decades and, for the past 10 years, has been a program officer at the Northwest Area Foundation.

Following the interview, NPQ Senior Editor Steve Dubb will facilitate a panel with three expert speakers: Nick Hernandez, Lakota, Director of Makoceag Agriculture Development (Pine Ridge, South Dakota); LeAnn Littlewolf, Ojibwe, Economic Development Director of the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, Minnesota; and Hayes Lewis, Zuni Pueblo, Executive Director of A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (near Gallup, New Mexico).

This webinar will explore:

  • Strategies for rebuilding food sovereignty and rediscovering pre-contact indigenous foods.
  • Ways to build urban-rural links in the food system, including food hubs and urban markets where food that is produced can be sold at a fair price.
  • How to use a training center to restructure markets (using co-ops and other structures) to help Native practitioners earn the true value of their labor.
  • The importance of linking economic development and cultural strategies.
  • Methods to address trauma and the legacy of genocide and colonialism.
  • Areas where experiences in Indian Country might inform broader efforts to build community wealth and address inequality in the US economy as a whole.


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