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Spotlight on Safety: AMERIND Risk to Discuss Accident Prevention on ‘Native America Calling,’ Launches 30-Year History Video

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This June, AMERIND Risk has used National Safety Month as a platform to elevate awareness and interest in the power of preventative safety through outreach to Native families.

Accidents are the third leading cause of death for Native Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Natives are 42% more likely to work in high-risk occupations. On Wednesday, June 21, AMERIND Risk executives and Tribal safety specialists will appear on the live, call-in program Native America Calling to address the biggest safety risks at home and in the workplace, and to share what employers and individuals can do to prevent accidents and injuries from happening. Tune in live from 1-2 p.m. EST, and participate by calling 1-800-996-2848 or 1-800-99-NATIV. The AMERIND team would love to hear your questions and concerns about protecting your family and/or staff.

And next week, June 27-29, AMERIND joins forces with the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) for their third annual, joint convention, where safety will take center stage in Nashville, Tennessee. AMERIND will strongly emphasize workplace safety through sessions, such as “Seven Stupid Things Employees Do to Get Hurt,” and “Who and What is Driving Your Vehicle Safety Program?” Another AMERIND session offers “Best Practices for Computer Productivity and Safety.” AMERIND will also announce the winners of its Safety Poster Contest for Native students, awarding three winners $1,000 each.


With dozens of sessions to choose from daily, the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Convention & Tradeshow promises to be a powerhouse event. Need help navigating the busy tradeshow floor and deciding between an abundance of sessions?

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AMERIND Risk and NAIHC also extend our gratitude to all sponsors, with special thanks to top level sponsors of the 2017 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Conference & Tradeshow: FHLBanks, Virtus Group, Travois, AARP, Cherokee Nation, Interstate Restoration, Tribal Business Journal, BOK Financial, REDW LLC, AAR and Wells Fargo.

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Video: AMERIND Risk’s 30 Years

This month, AMERIND Risk also released a video titled “AMERIND Risk’s 30 Years,” celebrating its three decades of success serving Indian Country. The video explores why and how AMERIND Risk formed in 1986, its evolution and expanded services, and why AMERIND’s purpose as a public risk-pool of “Tribes Protecting Tribes” is integral to Tribal sovereignty and the collective self-determination of Indian Country. It’s told through the voices of AMERIND Risk executives including CEO Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo) and Chief Strategy Officer Geoffrey Blackwell (Muscogee (Creek)), among others. The video about AMERIND’s history offers insight into the people behind the business built by and for Tribes. AMERIND’s team is invested in sustaining and growing Tribal Nations. “Many times our elders talk about preparing for the next seven generations, preparing for the future. AMERIND has the same vision and passion,” Valdo says in the video.

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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. In 2016, AMERIND launched a new business line AMERIND Critical Infrastructure (ACI), which helps Tribes obtain high-speed Internet. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to