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Vegas is calling all Indigenous business leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

It’s the annual gathering at the Reservation Economic Summit at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The second year of the conference coming back to being in-person.

The networking (and jokes) started Sunday in the hotel registration line. It turned into laughter and hugging while trying to find the coffee and pastries Monday morning.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign at the Harry Reid International Airport, formerly known as McCarran Airport. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, ICT)

And the Indian Country Today team is in attendance to capture it all.

The “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez” will be filming the show live from the convention’s art market on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Conference goers are more than welcome to attend and watch.

This year’s summit theme: Be the change. Making it happen. Building a business and growing a business.

Who knows better than James Anderson, the son of the founder of “Famous Dave’s.” He mentioned Monday, while prepping for the ICT newscast interview, how important it is for businesses to evolve. That’s where innovation and growth happens. He is Lac Courtes Oreilles and Choctaw.

Watch Monday’s newscast for his interview and hear from other guests.

Anchor Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, interviewing Heather Thompson, Cheyenne River Sioux, director of the Office of Tribal Relations at the USDA at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23, 2022. (Photo by Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, ICT)

The summit has lots of informative events unfolding this week, such as a youth business plan competition, government contracting, technology innovation, data and tribal economies, the emerging Indigenous fashion world, and so much more.

Stay updated at and follow ICT on social media using the hashtag #RES2022.

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