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2011 Conference Presentations

2011 Conference Opening Remarks
Ms. Fiddler, Chair of SDIBA, welcomes conference attendees and presents the conference theme, "Inspiring a New Native America." Her presentation shows impressive data proving the economic growth happening in South Dakota's Indian Reservations.

Creating Sustainable Communities
Scott Moore of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and BNIM presents the planning and implementation of a grassroots vision for sustainable community development on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

SBA Entrepreneurial Loan Programs
Paul Gunderson, Lender Relations Specialist of the Small Business Administration, presents loan programs that serve and support entrepreneurs and business development, specifically the 7(a) Program and the Community Advantage Pilot Program.

Building Trust: Consumer Protection in Native Communities
Levon Henry, Executive Director of DNA People's Legal Services, presents examples of how Native communities implement policies that protect consumers.

Taking an Offensive Stance on Predatory Lending
Christina Barsky of Rural Dynamics, Inc. presents a case study on the "Cap the Rate - 400% is Too High", a campaign implemented in Montana. She discusses ballot language, campaign strategies, challenges, and outcomes of the campaign.

Developing Telecom Infrastructure
Thomas Jensen, General Field Representative of USDA Rural Utilities Service - Telecom/Broadband, discusses the USDA telecom program and how loans and grants are being used in South Dakota.

Alternatives to Constitutional Revision
Tracey Fischer, Partner at Fredericks, Peebles, and Morgan, presents alternatives to constitutional revision by working with existing constitutions. She provides examples and an alternative approach to reform.

Constitutional Revision
Dani Daugherty, Tribal Operations Specialist of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, discusses the history of Tribal Constitutions, trends in constitution revision, and keys to success.

Working in Indian Country: Revisiting the Basics
Larry D. Keown explains how today's tribal/governmental relationships are cast by historical events; how sovereignty, treaties, and leadership affect relationship-building today; and summarizes protocols necessary to earn trust and respect when working with tribal governments.

The CDFI Fund's Native Programs
Chris James, Associate Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, presents the various programs dedicated to helping Native communities establish and grow CDFIs.

USDA Loan Programs
Dana Kleinsasser, Business and Cooperative Programs Director of USDA Rural Development, presents USDA Rural Development loan programs aimed at supporting business development.