Arizona State University hosts “Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Via E-Commerce Conference”

Published January 15, 2018

CHANDLER, ARIZONA – Internet access is a right that should be guaranteed to all citizens, whether they live in a city or on a rural Indian reservation. It must be a priority to our nation to expand and provide internet resources to those living on Native reservations. Tribal governments have recognized telecommunications technology as essential to their growth and are looking for opportunities to build the technological infrastructure that would bridge the digital divide.

Hillary Tompkins

As many American Indian tribes have recently become involved in pursuing business operations over the Internet, their businesses have rejuvenated economies across Indian country. However, the quick growth of the e-commerce industry has outpaced a general understanding of many relevant regulatory and legal issues, where state, tribal and federal laws and policies are colliding.

From tribal lending to selling tribal and Indian goods and services, e-commerce is the future for successful tribal economies. Tribal leaders, directors and members must have a better understanding of why e-commerce is important to their reservations and how the internet can expand a tribe’s market.

On Feb 1-2, 2018 the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and the Rosette, LLP Economic Development Program will hold a conference titled: “Wiring the Rez: Innovative Strategies for Business Development via E-Commerce” at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on the Gila River Indian Community.

John Tahsuda III

The conference will include Keynote Speaker Hilary Tompkins, Partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and former Solicitor of the Department of Interior, as well as John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and former Associate Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as the renowned internationally-known speaker, activist and author, Winona LaDuke who is the Executive Director of Honor The Earth.

The speaker line-up also includes scholars and experts in the fields of internet connectivity, finance, gaming, taxation, cyber-security and entrepreneurship in Indian Country.


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