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Lummi hosts economic summit May 22 – 23

LUMMI NATION, Wash. – The Lummi Indian Nation hosts “Native American Enterprise in the Marketplace: Access to Opportunity,” an economic summit May 22 – 23 in the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa.

The conference goal – provide tribal members with knowledge of how to prepare for success in the regional and international marketplace.

Speakers from local, regional and national organizations will discuss the development of culturally appropriate tribal economies in the regional, national and global marketplace.

The summit is particularly timely. Lummi is developing an 8,000-square-foot cultural and commercial center on off-reservation land it owns on Interstate 5. And Lummi is located only 51 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics in February and the Paralympic Games in March. Those events are expected to draw more than 250,000 to the region.

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Admission to the summit is free. It is sponsored by the Lummi Ventures Partnership and the Northwest Area Foundation.

For an agenda, call (360) 384-2331 or e-mail

– Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at