Reservations are complex economies that cannot be jump started by simple solutions, according to Cris Stainbrook of the Northwest Area Foundation. In an interview with Schuyler Houser, he describes the necessary ingredients for economic growth.
Appearances can be deceptive, writes Marjane Ambler. Poverty looks overwhelming on many reservations, but there is growing hope for the future of tribal economies.
The White House Conference on Indian Education held in January 1992 passed a resolution encouraging and exhorting all tribes to develop their own codes of education. The codes will be ones that work for native Americans with the acknowledgement of their respective sovereignty as tribes. The Rosebud Sioux Reservation Tribal Code of Education may well become a model for other tribes.
Northwest Indian College has joined with the Lummi tribe to help small businesses take root on the reservation, reports Michele Lansdowne.
Entrepreneurs on the Rosebud Reservation are finding support through an innovative revolving loan fund. Story and photos by Eric Haase.
Tribal colleges were founded with a simple mission: they were expected to prepare students for work, especially for work available in their own communities.