Lee Allen

How Can Tribes Relate to Off-Reservation Citizens Better? Study Aims to Help

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How do you define “home?”

“Home is where one starts from” is one explanation, while another states, “Our feet may leave home, but not our hearts.”

Where you call home is especially important to Native Americans who have left the familiarity of where they grew up among fellow tribal members and moved to urban areas. How they stay connected with their past and what efforts their tribes make to stay in touch is the genesis of a recent pilot study on young adult tribal citizens living off the reservation...

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Allen, Lee. "How Can Tribes Relate to Off-Reservation Citizens Better? Study Aims to Help." Indian Country Today. July 28, 2015. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/how-can-tribes-relate-to-off-reservation-citizens-better-study-aims-to-help, accessed July 18, 2023)

Tribal Transformation: Quechan Help Bring Lower Colorado River Habitat Back to Life

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The Colorado River, once home to riverboats and a source of liquid sustenance to many, has been referred to as America’s Nile, the most important river in the Southwest. Until recently a section of the lower Colorado with the city of Yuma on one side and the Quechan Indian tribe on the other was a no- man’s land. It would still be that way if not for the cooperative efforts of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area...

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Allen, Lee. "Tribal Transformation: Quechan Help Bring Lower Colorado River Habitat Back to Life." Indian Country Today Media Network. May 16, 2014. Article. (https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/saving-americas..., accessed May 16, 2014)

Cutting Edge Tech on the Rez

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Bigger isn’t always better. Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation covers some 2.8 million acres, only a small portion of which is occupied by the successful San Xavier District’s Hi:kdan Business Park. The tribally chartered, Native-owned private business operates under the banner: “Moving Forward with the Future.”

Housed in the shadows of Raytheon, the nearby giant missile manufacturer, the O’odham have done quite well for themselves with their 51 percent ownership of Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing (ACM)–a Native Small Disadvantaged Business providing “high tech products for a better world.”...

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Allen, Lee. "Cutting Edge Tech on the Rez." Indian Country Today. December 19, 2013. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/cutting-edge-tech-on-the-rez, accessed April 3, 2023)

Educating Indian Country's Future Leaders

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To grapple with the concept of good leaders and how to become one, 100 attendees–newly-elected and aspiring leaders from Native Nations–gathered in Tucson, Arizona November 6-7 for a specifically-developed Executive Education Seminar titled, "Emerging Leaders." Developed by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy, a dozen sessions on key governance topics were aimed at preparing participants to begin building personal blueprints for leadership success...

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Allen, Lee. "Educating Indian Country’s Future Leaders." Indian Country Today Media Network. November 15, 2013. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/educating-indian-countrys-future-leaders, accessed April 11, 2023)

Training Program Grooms Tribal Member To Succeed Pascua Yaqui Casino Del Sol CEO

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Seven years ago, 30-year gaming veteran Wendell Long (Choctaw) assumed the helm at Pascua Yaqui Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona as its chief executive officer. At the time, only about half of the staff was comprised of tribal members. “We implemented a management succession program to increase that rate to 80 percent and we’ve been successful in this goal–[and] in some departments, dramatically exceeding it,” Long said. Of the casino's 300 Spa & Conference Center employees, 87 percent are tribal members. The casino's food and beverage operation started with one tribal supervisor–now there are 14 in management positions...

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Allen, Lee. "Training Program Grooms Tribal Member To Succeed Pascua Yaqui Casino Del Sol CEO." Indian Country Today Media Network. December 27, 2012. Article. (https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/business/training-program..., accessed January 11, 2013)

Hatching Success: Ak-Chin Indian Community's Industrial Park Home to Only Egg Producer in Arizona

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Finally, an answer to that age-old question: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” To get to the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s Industrial Park–the site of Hickman’s Family Farms with enough hens to generate 4.3 million eggs per day. In 2002, the egg producer built a ranch at the Ak-Chin Industrial Park, leasing nearly a third of the park’s 110 acres...

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Allen, Lee. "Hatching Success: Ak-Chin Indian Community’s Industrial Park Home to Only Egg Producer in Arizona." Indian Country Today, October 17, 2012. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/hatching-success-ak-chin-indian-communitys-industrial-park-home-to-only-egg-producer-in-arizona, accessed May 31, 2023)