Modern Tribal Development: Paths to Self-Sufficiency and Cultural Integrity in Indian Country [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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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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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 The Potentials for Indian Country
Chapter 3 A Social Paradigm for Development
Chapter 4 Legacies of Federal Policies
Chapter 5 Pre-Contact Native American Economic Activity
Chapter 6 A Jacobs Paradigm for Development
Chapter 7 Cultural Integrity and Economic Development
Chapter 8 Economic Development and Cultural Integrity
Chapter 9 The Environment and Natural Resources: Some Native Ideas
Chapter 10 Managing Tribal Assets: Developing Long-Term Strategic Plans
Chapter 11 An Example for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Chapter 12 An Example from the Ft. Belknap Indian Community
Chapter 13 Developing Tribal Resources
Chapter 14 The Pernicious Triad
Chapter 15 Conclusion: Thoughts and Hopes
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