2023 First Annual Office of Indian Economic Development Grantee Conference
August 1-3, 2023, Cherokee North Carolina


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The Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED) convened all five grant program recipients (Living Languages Grant Program - LLGP, Indian Business Incubator Program - IBIP, Native American Business Development Institute - NABDI, National Tribal Broadband Grant Program - NTBG, and the Tribal Tourism Grant Program - TTGP) for our first annual grantee conference entitled, “Building Connections: Strengthening Indigenous Communities Toward Economic Self-Sufficiency.”

Approximately 107 Tribal Grantees, representing 97 Tribal Nations, were in attendance to the conference that featured: 

Three-days of Plenary Speakers: 

Native Languages - Wizipan Garriott, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs



Tribal Tourism - Morgan Rodman, Executive Director for the White House Council on Native American Affairs 



Small Business Administration featuring Genevieve Borgeson, Special Assistant, Office of Native American Affairs, Small Business Administration


Workshops included USDA Rural Development, Indigenous Language Development, National Telecommunications and Administration updates, Funding Small Business and many other valuable presentations providing participants with resources and support.

OIED also proudly included two partnership presentations:

A collaborative Native Act plenary featuring OIED’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations Native Act partnership featuring E hōʻihi aku, e hōʻihi mai: How the Hōʻihi Grant Program Empowers Native Hawaiians to Redefine Cultural Identity for the Visitor Industry.



And, a collaborative Tribal Tourism workshop with USAID featuring international indigenous Leaders entitled, “Indigenous Tourism - A Conversation with Panama and Guatemala.”












Please view our Grantee Meeting Impact Report for additional details on plenary sessions, attendance, and event survey results.




Grant Writing Workshop

Part 1:  Planning & Mechanics
     Resources provided during Part 1
     Slide Deck for Part 1
Part 2:  How to Read a NOFO & RFP
     Resources provided during Part 2
     Slide Deck for Part 2

Additional Information

Contact Us

Division of Economic Development
1849 C Street, N.W., Room 4152
Washington, DC 20240
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday–Friday