Chippewa Federation Presentation

May 16th, 2019 | Tribal Business League

Tribal Business League Presents to the Chippewa Federation

Danbury, Wis -- On May 16th, 2019 at the St. Croix Casino Danbury, the Tribal Business League representatives wait patiently while the Chippewa Federation diligently works through their agenda and important discussion items.

The Chippewa Federation - Overview

The Chippewa Federation is comprised of the Bad River, Keweenaw Bay, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, Sokaogon and St. Croix Bands of Ojibwe or "Chippewa" Indians. Each Band is a federally recognized Tribe, and is a Sovereign Nation enjoying a government-to-government relationship with local, county, state and federal government agencies. The Federation encourages all Ojibwe Tribes in North America to join.

The mission of the Chippewa Federation is to protect the natural resources within the ceded-territory and across Mother Earth. To diversify economic and educational opportunities, increase the level of health care, further the political position and expand the social status of Tribal Members and Descendants of the member Tribes. To ensure a quality of life that members, descendants and future generations can enjoy in perpetuity.

Tribal Business League Shares Their Vision

Adam Songetay, Director of Corporate Operations for St. Croix Casinos, and Curtis DeCora, Entrepreneur, take stage to present the latest updates and progress of the Tribal Business League.

In attendance include 28 tribal leaders from 7 tribes listening and learning about the newest wave of economic development coming to their communities.

The presentation includes examples of what tribes are currently doing and how the model isn't working, as well as an example of what can be accomplished if each tribe would work together in a collective posture.

Examples of group purchases comparable to that of a buying club were given, negotiations and exclusive deals could be secured with the amount of volume tribes engage in for various enterprise, administration and governance. Other examples included the amount of cleaning supplies, paper products, tobacco, cigarettes, and snacks each one of the tribes sell, as well as a collective estimate.

The New Wave of Tribal Economic Development

DeCora spoke about various opportunities afforded to tribal communities when they work together, and how smaller tribes are at the mercy of vendors due to their smaller quantities of items ordered to conduct business. "The pinching and negotiating for pennies is over, and there is strength in numbers, and that's what we're building for our tribal communities", he goes on to state.

This new collective model of a tribally-led, non-profit buying club brings vendors to the table for a new, fair, and transparent model for conducting business.

In northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, tribes are trying to compete with the likes of Holiday Stores, Kwik Trips, and Marathon convenience stores by slashing prices, and operating on razor thin margins. The new buying club model allows tribes the opportunity to get deep discounts, exclusive products, and access to private label products developed by the tribes, and distributed regionally.

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