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Department of Interior Partners With Harvard University

The Department of the Interior and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development have partnered to increase economic opportunities in Native American communities.
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The Department of the Interior (DOI) and Harvard University’s Project on American Indian Economic Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) July 12.

The groups hope to promote tribal economic development through research, outreach and leadership education.

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk said in a press release that the collaboration will give the Interior “access to the best possible minds and expertise in the field of creating and promoting self-sustaining tribal economies.”

The MOU identifies three areas of collaboration including research, outreach and leadership education.

“It will be the tribes who benefit from the creativity of this collaborative partnership, and they will reap the rewards of its efforts,” said Donald “Del” Laverdure, Echo Hawk’s principal deputy assistant secretary, in the release. “We are confident that the outcomes of the collaboration will spur greater economic activity and increase employment in all areas of Indian country.”