Center helps Indian entrepreneurs succeed

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has been helping Indian entrepreneurs start businesses for the last four decades.

The center has helped 25,000 companies land more than $4.5 billion in contracts, according to The Arizona Republic. its annual Reservation Economic Summit attracts more than 2,500 every year to Las Vegas.

"One of our missions is to be at the forefront of developing Indian economies throughout the United States," said Kenneth Robbins, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who is the chief executive officer and president of the center.

Margaret Rodriguez, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, started her construction company with the center's help. Au' Authum Ki is now worth $20 million.

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