Native nation economies have long been dominated by public sector activities - government programs and services and tribal government-owned businesses - which do not generate the same long-term benefits for local communities that the private sector does. In this work, editors Robert Miller, Miriam Jorgensen, Daniel Stewart, and a roster of expert authors address the underdevelopment of the private sector on American Indian reservations, with the goal of sustaining and growing Native nation communities, so that Indian Country can thrive on its own terms. Chapter authors provide the language and arguments to make the case to tribal politicians, Native communities, and allies about the importance of private sector development and entrepreneurship in Indigenous economies. This book identifies and addresses key barriers to expanding the sector, provides policy guidance, and describes several successful business models - thus offering students, practitioners, and policymakers the information they need to make change.
Expert authors look at the underdevelopment of the private sector on American Indian reservations, with the goal of sustaining and growing Native nation communities. They address barriers to expanding the sector, provide policy guidance, and describe successful business models, offering students, practitioners, and policymakers the tools to make change.
Introduction Miriam Jorgensen; Part I. The Setting: 1. Private sector economic development in Indian Country Robert J. Miller; 2. Opportunities to diversify: reservation workplaces and job numbers compared to nearby county areas Randall Akee, Elton Mykerezi and Richard M. Todd; Part II. Policy Barriers and Policy Needs: 3. The challenges of American Indian land tenure and the vastness of entrepreneurial potential Jessica A. Shoemaker; 4. Right-sizing use rights: Navajo land, bureaucracy, and home Ezra Rosser; 5. Access to credit in Indian Country: the promise of secured transaction systems in creating strong economies Patrice Kunesh and Benjamin Horowitz; 6. Retooling Indian Country for economic resurgence: reflections from a native CDFI practitioner David Castillo; Part III. Learning from Business Scholars: 7. Becoming an entrepreneur: essentials for any environment Mark C. Maletz; 8. Prototype, validate, pivot, repeat: a short, short course in entrepreneurship Daniel Stewart; 9. Mapping the sustainable development goals to Indian nations Carla F. Fredericks; 10. Supply chain management and Native American entrepreneurs Stephanie L. Black and Deanna M. Kennedy; Part IV. From Learning to Doing: Examples of Entrepreneurship in Indian Country: 11. Native American food sovereignty and youth entrepreneurship Raymond Foxworth, Krystal Langholz and A-dae Romero-Briones; 12. Indigenous arts ecology - a new investment model for Indian Country Lori Lea Pourier.
Looks at the underdevelopment of the private sector on American Indian reservations, with the goal of sustaining and growing Native nation communities.