The Government of Canada has partnered with the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO) to bring two events together (the Government of Canada, Department of Global Affairs, Trade Mission to Dallas/Fort-Worth and Oklahoma City Business Tours – May 30, 31 and June 1 as well as the Indigenous Tribal Trade Conference to the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma on June 2-3-4, 2019. Attendees for the Government of Canada, Department of Global Affairs, Trade Mission to Dallas/Fort-Worth and Oklahoma City Business Tours – May 30, 31 and June 1 are Canadian Indigenous businesses looking to learn more about U.S. supplier diversity programs and/or seeking supply chain opportunities in the U.S.
Attendees for the Indigenous Tribal Trade Conference to the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma on June 2-3-4 are business representatives from the Maori of New Zealand, Aborigines of Australian, Indigenous Peoples of Canada and American Indians from across the United States. At the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma on June 2-3-4, leading academics, business leaders and government policy teams will be attending to discuss five Indigenous trade themes:
New NAFTA – USMCA – Indigenous Trade Opportunities Explained
Financing Indigenous Nation-to-Nation Trade
Supply Chain Management & Tribal Trade
Use of Free Trade Zones in Global Indigenous Trade
UN Sustainable Development, Environmental Responsibility and Indigenous Trade
On Day 1, the attendees will take part in a business and cultural tour of Oklahoma-based enterprises from around the OKC region including the Cheyenne and Comanche Tribes. On Day 3, June 4th, the Conference will host Oklahoma American Indian Business – A Plan for Success panel consisting of Oklahomans Bailey Walker, President of American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, Mr. George Tahdooahnippah, Chief Operating Officer, Comanche Nation Construction, and Enoch Kelly Haney, Oklahoma – Seminole/Muscogee Creek Indigenous Statesman, ex-Politician and Artist.
Bailey Walker serves as the Director of Tribal Relations for Tribal Diagnostics LLC. Previously serving as the Chickasaw Nation Preferred Vendor Program Coordinator. Mr. Walker earned a degree B.S. in Entrepreneurship from East Central University, a Gaming Management Certification from University of Nevada Reno (UNR), and certified Master Business Consultant with the Association of Accredited Business Consultants.
Bailey is active in the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO), first serving as an Advisory Board Member, State Board Member, Vice President, President Elect, and now State President. In 2016, Bailey accepted an opportunity to help build a pilot program Leadership Native Oklahoma, the first of its kind; to assist future leaders in tribal governments & sovereignty.
Due to Bailey’s advocacy for native & minority-owned businesses, networking opportunities have increased through his service in the AICCO. He has assisted in the creation of the Durant, Lawton, Poteau, & recently the Miami, OK Chapters in order to promote and enhance the success of small businesses, bringing a total of 7 AICCO Chapters across Oklahoma. A true servant leader, Bailey continues to be a strong advocate for all minority businesses, striving to help them achieve success by practicing the motto “All Nations One Mission”.