I hope everyone is having a great summer, and enjoying some outdoor activities with family and friends.
We are thrilled to feature AMERIND Risk CEO Derek Valdo on our cover this month. Derek is certainly representative of the 21st century face of economic development in Indian Country. Derek and his team are forward thinking, dynamic, and doing their part to enhance life and business in Indian Country.
As TBJ continues to grow, and we make meaningful relationship with Indian Country leaders across our great country, we gain great experiences in Indian Country. Recently, I was able to attend an authentic Mashpee Wampanoag clam bake held by my friends Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Mark Harding, COO of Tribal Carbon Partners, president of the Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corp., and president and CEO of WampWorx Renewable Energy. The attendees included Indian Country leaders attending the National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference at the Mohegan Sun.
Thank you to my friend, Mohegan Chairman Kevin Brown, for his warm hospitality as our host for NCAI. Also, thanks to Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler for inviting us to a 25th Anniversary celebration at Foxwoods. It was such an honor and pleasure to get to know many leaders on a more intimate and personal level.
The stories of perseverance, generational learning and respect, and of course the trauma, are profound and inspirational. I continue to gain a deeper respect and appreciation for my Native American friends and business associates, and have a greater resolve toward the mission of TBJ, and our collective dream of sustainable, progressive economic development throughout Indian Country.
I am looking forward to attending a few Pow Wows this summer, and to expanding our understanding and knowledge of the amazing culture, history and traditions in Indian Country. Please make sure you let us know about any special meetings or gatherings happening with your tribe, business, or tribal organization. We will make our best effort to attend, and at a minimum, please make sure we are including the date in our calendar, and photos in our Native Scene pages.
With Warm Regards,
Sandy Lechner, Publisher
Sandy Lechner may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954.377.9691.