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WASHINGTON - The US Department of Interior and Harvard will collaborate on promoting tribal economic development through research, outreach and leadership education. Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk and his principal deputy assistant secretary, Donald "Del" Laverdure, on Monday announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Harvard University's Project on American Indian Economic Development. The Memorandum of Understanding was finalized July 12.
"Through this memorandum of understanding with the world-renowned Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, the Department of Interior has access to the best possible minds and expertise in the field of creating and promoting self-sustaining tribal economies," Echo Hawk said.
"It will be the tribes who benefit from the creativity of this collaborative partnership, and they will reap the rewards of its efforts," said Laverdure. "We are confident that the outcomes of this collaboration will spur greater economic activity and increase employment in all areas of Indian Country."
The Department of Interior and the Harvard Project have identified areas of possible collaboration:
In addition to Echo Hawk and Laverdure for the DOI, the signatories to the MOU from Harvard University are Kennedy School of Government Dean David Ellwood and Harvard Project Director Joseph P. Kalt.
Founded in 1987, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is housed within the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Through applied research, teaching and service, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved through American Indian nations.
The Project's core activities include research, advisory services, mid-career executive education, and the administration of a tribal governance awards program.
posted August 9, 2011 8:50 am edt
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