New webinar: Transforming Native cooperative education with an abundance approach to asset mapping


Join us on Wednesday, February 14 at 11 am EST for a transformative discussion that bridges the worldview of Native cultures and cooperative education, featuring lessons learned from the Native Community Cooperative Developers (NCCD) Training.

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Our panelists will examine how the deep-seated values of sharing and cooperation in Native communities can be harnessed to build sustainable businesses and foster community development. This panel is based on a groundbreaking cooperative development initiative led by the Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance, Cooperatives First and Coady Institute.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand how Native worldviews and values can be a foundation for cooperative education.
  • Insights into successfully navigating the complexities of cooperative development in Indigenous communities.
  • Introduction to the “7 Principles Building on Abundance in Native Communities.”
  • Exploration of successful Native cooperative educational approaches and how they can be adapted to diverse Native settings.

Who Should Attend

  • Native community leaders, planners and economic development practitioners
  • Anyone interested in Native cooperative business models or cooperative education
  • Nonprofit professionals working in Native development
  • Policymakers
  • Educators and researchers in Native studies
  • Social justice activists


  • Kari-Lynn Paul, Woodstock First Nation, Coady Institute
  • Trista Pewapisconias, Little Pine First Nation, Cooperatives First
  • Bonnie Secakuku, Hopi Nation, Cohort Participant
  • Barry Webster, Umaha Nation, Cohort Participant


  • Pamela Standing, Cherokee Nation, Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance


The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provided funding for the Native Community Cooperative Developers training through the Cooperative Development Foundation, which also received support for the work from a grant from USDA Rural Development.

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