The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020

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Native Voices: What Do We Need To Hear? How Technology, Data and Government Can Best Serve Tribal Communities

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Jacob Crane
Citizen of Tsuut'ina Nation, Executive Director of SLC Air Protectors

Jacob is a citizen of the Tsuut'ina Nation, located in the province of Alberta, Canada. He is currently the Executive Director for the SLC Air Protectors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving Indigenous people in the State of Utah, and is the Board Treasurer for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. As a Social Entrepreneur, Jacob enjoys building startup companies that positively impact Native communities. Like many, he wishes to see more conscious tribal investment for future generations, that also creates platforms to build stronger robust Indigenous economies.

In 2019, Jacob was a recipient of the Running Strong for American Indian Youth Billy Mills Dreamstarter Entrepreneur grant for his work with his media production company, The Arrow's Journey, which uplifts the stories of successful Indigenous youth. He was also a part of the Renewing Indigenous Economies Cohort with the Hoover Institute at Stanford University this past summer.

Maria Howeth
Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Sr. Customer Success Manager and Tribal Specialist for eCivis

Maria comes from the tribal government sector and is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to eCivis, Maria was the Director of Project Support at the Chickasaw Nation in Ada, Oklahoma. In her capacity at the tribe, she worked in multiple financial and compliance areas and was appointed director of project support in the grants department. She is proud to be a Certified Grant Management Specialist (CGMS) from the National Grants Management Association (NGMA) where she serves as Secretary on the board of directors. Maria brings expert knowledge of grants and tribal government and views all grants awarded to tribes as opportunities to provide better services, help further the quality of life, and protect tribal culture for the tribal members and their communities.

Maria holds a master’s in business administration from Southern Nazarene University and a bachelor’s in business administration from East Central University . She also has training in Tribal Law from the University of Central Oklahoma.


An intimate discussion with inspiring and dynamic leaders from tribal communities on their needs during exceptionally challenging times, the  work currently being done by tribal organizations,  and the most effective and appropriate ways to create external partnerships that ultimately put native communities’ well-being at the center of it all.  Tune in for a rare opportunity to hear from our native leaders, and the wisdom, concerns and suggestions they have to share. Featuring speakers from Choctaw Nation, Tsuut'ina Nation, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation.