The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) will host a symposium, “Rising to New Heights: How to do Business in Indian Country,” Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Country Club,  2901 N. Seventh St.

Luncheon keynote speaker will be Jonodev Chaudhuri, counselor to the assistant secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, who will address “Emerging Opportunities for Business Collaboration” between the federal government and tribal businesses and will highlight examples of successful partnerships among government and business partners.

The morning keynote speaker will be Diane Humetewa, special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, special counsel, general counsel’s office & professor of practice, college of law.

A session titled “The University of Arizona and Arizona’s Native Nations: Providing Access to Opportunities,” is also scheduled. Presenters will be Maryilyn Robinson, associate director, Drachman Institute, office of the vice president for research, and Claudia E. Nelson, director, Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office

A mid-morning panel discussion on “Building Communities” will also be part of the programming. Panelists will be Vice Chairman Shan Lewis of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Eddie Calnimptewa, project director, Moenkopi Development Corp., Hopi Tribe, and Levi Esquerra, program director at the Center for American Indian Economic Development at Northern Arizona University.

The cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members and $90 for late registrants. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 28. Lunch is included. Please request vegetarian meal in advance. Call AAED with questions at 602-240-AAED (2233), or visit the AAED website,

AAED was originally founded in 1974 as the Arizona Association for Industrial Development (AAID). The organization, which was dedicated to expanding the industrial and economic base of Arizona, changed to its current name in 1991 to better reflect its broader mission.