Michael Woods participated in the third Inter-Tribal Trade Investment Organization (IITIO) Conference on June 4-6 hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
The conference itself was proceeded by a visit to the Choctaw Nation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation and trade discussions these two Nations as well as the Chickasaw Nation. Michael chaired two panels at the conference – one on “Optimizing Conditions for Tribal Trade” featuring Miles Richardson O.C. former President of the Council of Haida Nation and Robert Fox, former Chief of the Blood Tribe and current President and CEO of Indian Resource Council of Canada. He also chaired a panel on Trade Agreements and Trading Frameworks in International Trade Law and Inter-Tribal Trade” and led a discussion on the implications of the upcoming NAFTA modernization negotiations.
The conference was followed by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma’s 30th Annual Sovereignty Symposium and Michael took an active part in discussion on economic development for Canada’s First Nations and the American Native communities through greater and broader economic co-operation. [ For further details see http://iitio.org/agenda/ ]