Tribal Economic Development: Indian Country’s Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government


Introduction: Across Indian Country, more and more tribal nations are forging impressive records of economic progress. From creating successful nation-owned enterprises to cultivating tribal citizen-owned businesses to preparing their people to take advantage of expanding job opportunities through workforce education and training, they are building sustainable tribal economies to revitalize their communities. Driving this remarkable yet uneven renaissance is tribal self-determination, specifically the responsibility each tribal nation exercises to create a robust economy based on its cultural values, distinct challenges, particular circumstances, and community development priorities. Yet key federal government actions must be taken to foster – and remove the barriers impeding – tribal nations’ efforts to create and sustain jobs and economic growth.

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Tribal Economic Development: Indian Country’s Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government. February 2019. In collaboration wtih the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, Native American Finance Officers Association, and Native CDFI Network. Washington, D.C. Brief.

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