The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) participated in the twenty ninth annual Reservation Economic Summit event hosted by the National Center for American Indian Development. Based on its experience working with Turkish-Americans, the THO offered participants information on its work to improve the U.S.-Turkey relationship as it relates to the economy, energy, trade and creating business opportunities in the U.S.           

“The Reservation Economic Summit is a valuable opportunity for the THO to connect with another like-minded community with similar challenges, goals and aspirations,” commented Halil Danismaz, President of THO. “Turkish-Americans and Native Americans have much in common and it is our pleasure to share lessons learned and work together to increase economic opportunity for all.”

Turkish Embassy Counselor Aydan Karamanoglu said that Turks have a natural sympathy and cultural connection to the Native Americans. Karamanoglu had indicated that this connection was the main driving factor behind the unique partnerships and trade opportunities that are currently being developed between the Indian Country and Turkey. Karamanoglu also highlighted charitable contributions made by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation in Oregan and Indian farmers in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia.

Turkish Dance Ensemble Kardelen, drew on this cultural connection by entertaining the audience with Turkish Folk Dances at the reception that was sponsored by the Turkish Coalition of America. Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, thanked both the Turkish Heritage Organization and the Turkish Coalition of America for all the support that they provided. Davis also invited Kardelen dance ensemble to perform together with the other Native American tribal dance groups at their upcoming summit in New Mexico.