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Network in Nashville: 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Convention & Tradeshow to Showcase Protecting Tribal Communities and Housing

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Pueblo of Santa Ana, New Mexico – The most enlightening and comprehensive event focused on protecting Tribal communities, Tribal insurance, and the Tribal housing industry comes to Nashville, Tennessee, June 27-29. For the third consecutive year, AMERIND Risk will co-host its convention and tradeshow with the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), promoting proactive, preventative safety measures for homeowners and Tribal businesses.

AMERIND and the NAIHC are excited to build on the success of last year’s event in Honolulu, Hawaii. More than 700 attendees from across Indian Country are expected to attend the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Conference & Tradeshow at the Music City Center (Convention Center) in downtown Nashville. The organizations are delivering a tremendous economic impact to Indian communities by joining forces to offer more variety for attendees via dynamic training, education, and phenomenal networking opportunities with hundreds of Tribal leaders and housing professionals.

A little known fact is that NAIHC actually played a pivotal role in the formation of AMERIND Risk in 1986. NAIHC worked closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conceive the idea of a public risk-pool concept to self-insure Tribal governmental entities. “Thirty years later, we’re still working together to expand and improve housing and infrastructure in Tribal communities,” said Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo), AMERIND Risk CEO.


Naturally, the organizations share similar values and missions. “I think that’s what’s unique about our partnership—we’re committed, we’re focused, and all of our experiences are rooted in Tribal communities,” Valdo said.

AMERIND Risk sessions will cover topics such as claims, human resources, workplace safety, housing development, protecting Tribal governments and business housing programs. Valdo is particularly excited about engaging with AMERIND’s Tribal membership through a special session: Take Time to Meet the AMERIND Executive Team. “One unique advantage of being a member/owner of AMERIND is they have a direct connection to the top people in charge,” Valdo said.

While the event is rich with critical information, it’s also meant to be fun. Keynote speaker Chance Rush will energize the audience. The enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Hidatsa) of North Dakota travels across North America to inspire, heal and motivate Native communities.

Convention attendees will also get to hear from Valdo and NAIHC’s new Executive Director Anthony (Tony) Walters, a member of the Cherokee Nation, hailing from Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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NAIHC will update attendees on its latest advocacy efforts with Congress and the new Administration, and continue providing numerous trainings to Tribal housing officials. “The National American Indian Housing Council is looking forward to another great Annual Convention with our partners at AMERIND Risk,” stated NAIHC Board Chairwoman Sami Jo Difuntorum. “Our convention attendance continues to grow, which only allows us to provide more content and training options for our members. We really hope Indian Housing professionals are able to take advantage of all the networking opportunities that the annual convention provides.”

The meeting additionally gives both organizations’ members/owners the opportunity to participate in AMERIND and NAIHC’s respective business meetings. “Part of being a member is being able to cast a vote and hear directly from the leadership of both organizations,” Valdo pointed out.

During the convention, AMERIND will announce the winners of its student poster contest aimed at helping to educate Native children and their families about fire prevention and safety issues. Three winners will receive $1,000 each.

To register or learn more about the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Conference & Tradeshow, visit Registered attendees will receive hotel information in their confirmation email.

AMERIND Risk extends a warm appreciation to its sponsors of the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Conference & Tradeshow: Virtus Group, BOK Financial, All About Remodel and Interstate Restoration. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available. Please contact Nancy Harjo Serna for any questions at (505) 404-5000 or

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded more than 30 years ago by more than 400 Tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep Indian money within Indian Country. AMERIND Risk provides property, liability and workers’ compensation insurance for Tribes, Tribal governments, Tribal businesses, as well as individual property coverage and employee benefits. It is the only 100% Tribally owned and operated insurance provider committed to Indian Country. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to

About the Nation American Indian Housing Council

The NAIHC is the only national organization representing the housing interests of Native people who reside in Indian communities, Alaska Native villages, and on native Hawaiian homelands. The NAIHC is composed of 271 members representing 463 tribes and housing organizations. NAIHC promotes and supports Native housing entities in its efforts to provide culturally relevant, quality, affordable housing on behalf of Native people. For more information about NAIHC, go to