Modern Tribal Development: Paths to Self Sufficiency and Cultural Integrity in Indian Country

Modern Tribal Development: Paths to Self Sufficiency and Cultural Integrity in Indian Country

by Dean Howard Smith
     
 

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First Nations people know that a tribe must have control over its resources and sustain its identity as a distinct civilization for economic development to make sense. With an integrated approach to tribal societies that defines development as a means to the end of sustaining tribal character, Dean Howard Smith offers both conceptual and practical tools for making

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First Nations people know that a tribe must have control over its resources and sustain its identity as a distinct civilization for economic development to make sense. With an integrated approach to tribal societies that defines development as a means to the end of sustaining tribal character, Dean Howard Smith offers both conceptual and practical tools for making self-determination and self-sufficiency a reality for Native American Nations. Through a century of changes in federal policy, tribal development has typically been viewed through mainstream society's goals and system, or according to some pan-Indian framework. Instead, Smith argues that any development prospectus must be created and evaluated within the dictums of the individual indigenous social structure. Otherwise, a tribe must choose between cultural integrity and economic development. Smith draws from his extensive experience as a consultant, teacher, and instructor to offer a wide variety of detailed case studies, and readers will learn from both successful and failed development initiatives. While focused on the United States, his work will be applicable for indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. In addition to tribal employees and communities, Modern Tribal Development will be important reading for scholars and students in Native American studies, development studies, community planning, and cross-cultural studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Indigenous Native Studies
[The author's] thesis, that development will help sustain tribal identity and tribal soverignty, as long as it happens within the cultural context of a particular tribe, has been well-articulated ... His evidence, based on his own experiences in consultations for the Center for American Indian Economic Development with reservation leadership ... supports his thesis ... The book is important and useful because it is up-to-date, and because tribal attempts to strengthen their self-determination are as timely and important as they have ever been.
— Jaakko Puisto, (University of Turku, Finland)
Indigenous Native Studies - Jaakko Puisto
[The author's] thesis, that development will help sustain tribal identity and tribal soverignty, as long as it happens within the cultural context of a particular tribe, has been well-articulated ... His evidence, based on his own experiences in consultations for the Center for American Indian Economic Development with reservation leadership ... supports his thesis ... The book is important and useful because it is up-to-date, and because tribal attempts to strengthen their self-determination are as timely and important as they have ever been.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742504097
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
06/14/2000
Series:
Contemporary Native American Communities Series, #4
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Dean Smith is associate professor of economics at Northern Arizona University. He is Mohawk. His family comes from the Grand River reserve of the Six Nations in Ontario. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He works with the Center for American Indian Economic Development and is on the teaching faculty of the National Executive Education Program for Native American Leadership. He is the faculty advisor for the Native American Business Organization. His publications primarily focus on economic development on Indian reservations, but he has also published papers on pricing strategies and environmental issues.

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