Gary “Litefoot” Davis
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA — The Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) kicks off its 2015 CANAR Mid-Year Conference at the Embassy Suites in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina today. American Indian actor, singer and businessman Gary “Litefoot” Davis will be the keynote speaker this afternoon.
LItefoot is a successful feature film actor and starred in such major motion pictures as, “The Indian in The Cupboard” and “Mortal Kombat, Annihilation.” He has also appeared on the television programs: C.S.I. Miami, Family Law and Any Day Now.
Gary “Litefoot” Davis is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Mr. Davis currently serves as President and CEO of the National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). Before being appointed as President and CEO of the NCAIED, Mr. Davis served on the organization’s Board of Directors.
He has served as Vice-President of Native Affairs for the Triple Five Group, owners of the world’s largest retail shopping malls; the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall and he previously served as co-chair of the National Indian Gaming Association’s, American Indian Business Network. Though his company Litefoot Enterprises, Mr. Davis has facilitated an array of cross sector business opportunities in Indian Country ranging from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality, land development, green energy and general consulting services.
Established in January 1993, CANAR is the foremost professional membership organization serving some 85 American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation (AIVR) programs in Indian Country.
In addition to its tribal program membership, other vocational rehabilitation institutions, such as state vocational rehabilitation services and universities, become members of CANAR in order to better serve the American Indian and Alaska Native disability populations.
Jefferon Keel, the former president of the National Congress of American Indians and Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, will also address the conference.