Private Sector Economic Development in Indian Country

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    Indian country in the United States is incredibly poor. Indian nations desperately need to develop reservation economic activities. Most tribal governments, however, are primarily focused on developing tribally owned businesses. This chapter argues for Indian peoples and Indian governments to revive and regenerate their century old institutions that promoted, supported, and protected private sector economic development and economies. Indian country and Indian peoples need to develop economic enterprises and activities in their homelands to ensure their sustainability by creating living wage jobs and adequate housing. Developing private sector economies, in addition to tribal public sector economies, will help create economic diversification on reservations, new businesses and jobs, protect from economic downturns, slow the “brain drain” that all rural areas suffer, and promote more spending which will help Indian country benefit from the “multiplier effect” as more and more money is spent, and re-spent, on reservations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationCreating Private Sector Economies in Native America
    Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Development through Entrepreneurship
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Electronic)9781108646208
    ISBN (Print)9781108481045
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


    • American Indian economies
    • Indian entrepreneurship
    • Indigenous economic activities
    • Reservation based private sector economic development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)


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