Event to Reflect Growing Diversity of SRI in the United States
Submitted by: The SRI Conference
Posted: Jan 20, 2012 – 03:47 PM EST
UNCASVILLE, Conn. & COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 20 /CSRwire/ - The Mohegan Tribe joined First Affirmative Financial Network today in announcing that the sovereign Indian nation will host the 23rd annual SRI Conference for Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (The SRI Conference) at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center in Connecticut, October 2–4, 2012.
The Mohegan Tribe’s role as host of this major industry event reflects the sharp rise in interest among Native American nations in community impact investing, which is one of the major elements of sustainable, responsible, impact investing (SRI).
Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council said: “The Mohegan Tribe already makes major investments in housing and education programs, including many that operate in Connecticut outside of our lands and where the members of the Tribe are not the beneficiaries. We see this as an important opportunity to showcase the efforts of Indian nations across the U.S. in the rapidly emerging field of community impact investing. The Mohegan Tribe expects to be among the parties that will benefit from this learning opportunity.”
First Affirmative President Steve Schueth, producer of the 2012 SRI Conference, said: “We embrace increasing diversity in the world of sustainable, responsible, impact investing, which we see as one of the real long-term strengths of SRI. The rise of Native American interest in community impact investing is already at a point where it is safe to say that no other unit of government in America has become so invested, both literally and figuratively, in SRI. We see this as a unique opportunity to encourage that trend and to inform others about it.”
In Connecticut, Indian tribes represent one of the largest sources of revenue to the state. Both the Mohegan Tribe and the nearby Pequot Tribe pay 25 percent of their slot machine revenues to the state in lieu of taxes. This money helps pay for badly needed local services in Connecticut cities and towns. That’s not only more than any other state employer pays the state; it’s more than all other Connecticut corporations pay in corporate taxes combined (after factoring in corporate tax breaks).
About the SRI Conference
The SRI Conference (formerly SRI in the Rockies) http://www.SRIconference.com is the leading forum for the sustainable, responsible, impact investing (SRI) industry in the North America. The 22nd annual conference was held in New Orleans Hotel, October 2–5, 2011. For its 23rd year, The SRI Conference will move to the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in southeastern Connecticut, October 2–4, 2012. For more information about the agenda, speaking, or sponsorship, please contact Krystala Kalil, at 888-774-2663 or krystala@SRIconference.com. You can register here: http://www.sriconference.com/register.jsp.
About the Mohegan Tribe
The Mohegan Tribe (http://www.mohegan.nsn.us/) is a sovereign, federally recognized Indian nation, with a reservation on the Thames River near Uncasville, Connecticut. The Mohegan Tribe received formal recognition in March 1994. The Tribe currently includes about 1,920 members and owns and operates the Mohegan Sun and a number of other businesses.
About First Affirmative Financial Network
First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC (http://www.FirstAffirmative.com) is an independent fee-only Registered Investment Advisor (SEC File #801-56587) offering investment consulting and asset management services through a nationwide network of investment professionals who specialize in serving socially conscious investors. First Affirmative produces the annual SRI Conference, the premier gathering of investors and investment professionals focused on sustainable, responsible, impact investing in North America.
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