Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act: A Series for Tribal Nations, Session 6


Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 4:00pm


Virtual event, registration required
From setting tribal priorities, to building infrastructure, to managing and sustaining projects, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) presents an unprecedented opportunity for the 574 federally recognized tribal nations to use their rights of sovereignty and self-government to strengthen their communities. As the tribes take on the challenges presented by the Act, the Ash Center’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is hosting a series designed to assist tribes, to help tribes learn from each other and from a wide array of guest experts. During this session, the sixth in the series, following a round of discussion between the panelists a brief Q+A session will be held to maximize the opportunities for audience participation.

This session, titled "Investing in Your Tribes’ Infrastructure" will feature:
  • Lael Echo-Hawk (Pawnee Nation), Principal, MThirtySix, PLLC
  • Wendy Helgemo (Ho-Chunk Nation), Senior Legislative Attorney, Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP
  • Joe Valandra (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association
  • Jennifer Weddle, HLS 2000, JD, Principal Shareholder, Co-Chair American Indian Law Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Moderated by Karen Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), HKS MPA 2003, Board of Governors, Honoring Nations, Harvard Project
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Virtual Event Details 

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. 

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 

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