A Message from our President – March 2022


Spring has arrived, which means that the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit is just around the corner. If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to purchase your tickets to Indian Country’s largest and longest-running economic development conference. This year, we’ll welcome guest to our new venue, Caesars Palace. Though the location may have changed, you will still experience the same fantastic speakers, informative sessions, expansive trade show, and networking opportunities that you’ve come to expect from RES.

To register, please visit res.ncaied.org. Spots – and hotel rooms – are filling up quickly. So don’t delay, register today!

RES isn’t the only event coming up that I want to share with you. Our next Native Edge Institute is coming to you from the beautiful islands of Hawaii, from March 29-31. This 3-day event is entirely virtual, so you won’t have to travel to the Aloha State for incredible business training. You can register for NEI Hawaii by clicking here.

Though our next Trade Training event is in April, we have an exciting update to share about the Arizona MBDA Export Center, operated by The National Center. JoAn Notah, who has helped hundreds of our Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) clients reach their business goals over the last two-plus decades, is now Project Director for the Export Center. JoAn is bringing her immeasurable experience to help us take our Export Center to the next level. I’m excited for JoAn – and for the businesses that will benefit from her leadership. Learn more about JoAn from one of our recent staff spotlights.

I am also thrilled to announce that our team is continuing to grow, specifically our PTAC. We’re opening a new PTAC office in Louisiana, led by Procurement Specialist Chris Jeansonne Jr. Joining Chris are Stan Sams, Procurement Specialist in the Colorado Satellite Office, and Mabel Tsosie, Procurement Specialist at the Navajo National Satellite Office. To get in touch with any of our Procurement Specialists for procurement assistance or inquiries, click here. I’m also including their contact information at the bottom of this message.

I look forward to seeing you at RES or another National Center event in the near future!


Chris James
President and CEO
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development


PTAC Contact Information

Louisiana Satellite Office, Marksville, LA

Coverage Area: Southeastern BIA Region

Chris Jeansonne Jr, Procurement Specialist

Direct Line: (480) 376-2892

Cell: (480) 255-6625


Colorado Satellite Office, Centennial, CO

Coverage Area: Southwestern BIA Region – CO

Stan Sams, Procurement Specialist

Direct Line: (928) 255-5101

Cell: (480) 824-8520



Navajo Nation Satellite Office, St. Michaels, AZ

Coverage Area: Navajo Nation BIA Region

Mabel Tsosie, Procurement Specialist

Direct Line: (928) 255-1172

Cell: (480) 371-8373




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