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MESA, Ariz. ñ The National Indian Gaming Association recently authorized the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to help promote business and economic development in Indian communities across the country.

The memorandum establishes a framework for cooperation between the two organizations to increase contractual and procurement opportunities for American Indian-owned businesses both within and outside of the Indian gaming industry.

ìWe applaud Chairman Ernie Steven Jr.ís and NIGAís leadership in launching the American Indian Business Network. Now it is time to make it work,î said NCAIED President and CEO Ken Robbins.

ìBy signing this agreement with NIGA, both chairmen Stevens and I are confident that Indian gaming and Indian business will begin the process of complementary reservation economic and employment growthî said NCAIED Chairman Ron Solimon.

ìPrior to gaming, there were few employment opportunities on most reservations; likewise with successful Indian businesses. We, gaming and business must continue our commitment and dedication to eradicate poverty on the reservations by working with one another. This strategic partnership between the NIGA and the NCAIED will enhance tribal self-sufficiency and promote the well-being of our reservation communities,î said Stevens.

The NCAIED is in its 36th year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Indian business development organization. NCAIED operates nine offices located in Arizona, California, Washington state, Georgia, Montana, Colorado and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ncaied.org.

MESA, Ariz. ñ The National Indian Gaming Association recently authorized the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to help promote business and economic development in Indian communities across the country.The memorandum establishes a framework for cooperation between the two organizations to increase contractual and procurement opportunities for American Indian-owned businesses both within and outside of the Indian gaming industry.ìWe applaud Chairman Ernie Steven Jr.ís and NIGAís leadership in launching the American Indian Business Network. Now it is time to make it work,î said NCAIED President and CEO Ken Robbins. ìBy signing this agreement with NIGA, both chairmen Stevens and I are confident that Indian gaming and Indian business will begin the process of complementary reservation economic and employment growthî said NCAIED Chairman Ron Solimon.ìPrior to gaming, there were few employment opportunities on most reservations; likewise with successful Indian businesses. We, gaming and business must continue our commitment and dedication to eradicate poverty on the reservations by working with one another. This strategic partnership between the NIGA and the NCAIED will enhance tribal self-sufficiency and promote the well-being of our reservation communities,î said Stevens.The NCAIED is in its 36th year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Indian business development organization. NCAIED operates nine offices located in Arizona, California, Washington state, Georgia, Montana, Colorado and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ncaied.org.