Good morning Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice Chairman and Members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss an issue of tremendous importance to Indian Country – effective tribal governance and its impact on economic development and the well being of Native citizenry. My name is Andrew Lee, and I have the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (the Harvard Project) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.1 The Harvard Project is codirected by Prof. Joseph Kalt (Harvard University), Prof. Stephen Cornell (University of Arizona) and Dr. Manley Begay (University of Arizona).
We thank you for the opportunity to appear here today. We represent the Harvard University Native American Program and its affiliated projects. In addition, Prof. Kalt serves as co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. We would like to take this opportunity to describe the efforts underway at Harvard as the University reinvigorates its commitment to American Indian issues, students, leaders, and nations. Recent investment in the University’s efforts make this an important and exciting time that holds the promise of bringing Harvard’s considerable resources to bear in a positive way on the challenges of nation building in Indian Country.