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The third annual Great Lakes Tribal Economic Summit returns to the tribally-owned Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan, this fall with an expanded format over two days.

Based on feedback from last year’s 225+ summit registrants, this year’s event will feature new sessions and activities designed for tribal leaders, council members, tribal government officials, and executives from tribal enterprises in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.   

During the two-day session, you’ll learn about current economic development projects and business strategies of federally recognized tribes in the Great Lakes states. Plus, experts will share information and analysis of federal and state policy, access to capital, funding opportunities, and legal issues that affect tribal economic sovereignty.    

The summit kicks off with a full-day session on Tuesday, September 17th, 2024, and a half-day session on Wednesday, September 18th, 2024. We’ll keep the agenda flowing but also leave plenty of time for networking and relationship-building with your peers from the Great Lakes and beyond. 


Tuesday, September 17 from 8:00 am-6:00 pm 

  • 8:00 am Registration
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm Opening Remarks, General Sessions
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 pm General Sessions & Closing
  • 4:30 pm-6:00 pm Reception. Appetizers and cocktails served

Wednesday, September 18 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm 

  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm Opening Remarks, General Sessions, Closing Remarks
  • Lunch to-go provided


The Great Lakes Tribal Economic Summit has reserved a room block from Monday, September 16, 2024, through Wednesday, September 18, 2024, at Four Winds Casino & Resort in New Buffalo, MI. Attendees can make their hotel arrangements by contacting Four Winds Reservations at 1-866-4WINDS1 (494-6371). The hotel rate will be $107 (plus tax & resort fee) per night and can be reserved by referencing the Great Lakes Tribal Economic Summit Hotel Rate block.

  • Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own hotel rooms and will need to provide a credit card upon check-in
  • All hotel reservations must be made no later than August 19, 2024 to secure a room

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For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristen Lilya at [email protected].

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For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kristen Lilya at [email protected].