12th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 4-5, 2018

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim, CA


The 12th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference will be held June 4th-5th, 2018 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, CA.

Through a variety of tracks, panels and interactive round-table discussions, attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification. Discovering new ways to diversify your tribe’s economic ventures helps to reduce risk and ensure the growth of your community. You’ll hear specific success stories and case studies in addition to digging deeper into new ways to generate revenue beyond gaming. By networking with other tribal leaders, decision makers and industry professionals you can exchange tangible ideas on how to maximize your respective economies.

To speak with a representative about attending, speaking, exhibiting or sponsoring, please call us 201-857-5333 or email sales@nativenationevents.org.  We hope to see you in Disneyland!

4 conferences for the price of 1!
This event is being held in conjunction with our:

When you register for one, you will have access to all four conferences! 

Who Should Attend:

  • Architect Firms
  • CEO’s and CFO’s of Renewable Energy Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Energy Generators
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Assessment Companies
  • Feasibility Study Companies
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Government and Other Professional Service Firms
  • Investors in Renewable Energy Projects
  • Technology Developers
  • Tribal Leaders
Hotel & Venue
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Hotel Information

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

1600 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 635-2300
(714) 300-7300

The special rate for the conference is $254.00.
A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate. To secure a room please contact the Disneyland® Resort by clicking the button below and booking online 24/7 or by calling (714) 520-5005, M-F from 8 am to 5 pm PST.

Reservations must be made by Monday, May 14, 2018 or before the group rooms are sold out, so do not delay. Prevailing rates may apply after this date or when the group rooms are sold out, whichever occurs first. Rooms are subject to availability.


Conference Co-Chair

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors



This event is being held in conjunction with our:
• Seventh Annual Native American Housing Conference
• Ninth Annual Native American Healthcare Conference
• Second Annual Tribal Leaders National Emergency Management Mid-Year Briefing
They will share one exhibit hall so when you sign up for one you will have access to all attendees, giving you the opportunity to network with hundreds of decision makers from throughout the U.S.


Tribal Government & Enterprise Representatives

“The conference was very informative, well-structured and had great speakers.”
-John Maker, Congressman, Osage

“Provides useful information and it’s very easy to talk to the presenters as well as staff to get questions answered or to learn more information.”
-Karen Derry, Economic Developer/Operations Manager, Karuk Community Development Corporation

“I think NNE selects the best speakers throughout Indian country. If you want to hear the most educated and experienced leaders of the industry, be sure to attend this conference.”
-Gary Loonsfoot, Jr., Director of Cultural Resources, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

“Great source of information.”
-Lynette Graves, General Accountant, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo

“Very important conference for tribal policy makers.”
-David Vialpando, Executive Director, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

“The speakers were expert and you will take back useful good information to your Tribe.”
-Ann McCormack, Economic Development Planner, Nez Perce Tribe

“Attend this event to learn about successful tribal developments particularly non-gaming operations.”
-Sandra K. Begay, Indian Energy Program Lead, Sandia National Laboratories

“If you want to hear the truth and reality behind Tribal Economic Development or just understanding that enterprise development takes hard work and persistence, this is your conference.”
-Jared Hall, Economic Development Director, Klamath Tribes

“Worth it for networking alone, and it has the benefit in getting you out of the day-to-day so you begin thinking broadly again.”
-Mary West, Executive Director of Development, Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise

“Great panel of speakers and information. It’s always great when we can combine family and business travel into an extended weekend.”
-Ezekiel Bonillas, Director of Economic Development, 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians

“Topics are relevant to the long term economic success of Tribes.”
-Becky Flores, Gaming Commissioner & Tribal Credit Board of Directors, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

Sponsors & Exhibitors

“I enjoyed it immensely. Networking was very good and I felt the attendees really enjoyed it. Programs were good.”
-Chief Boyd, Thalden Boyd/Cherokee

“This conference was intimate in nature and provided us with the opportunity to have meaningful dialogue with a number of potential and existing Native Nation Customers.”
-Ira Falk, President, International Treescapes

“Good initial contacts.”
-Sandi Pineault, Office Manager, Mohegan Holding Company LLC


Registration is now closed.