American Indian Entrepreneurship

Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations, Terry L. Anderson ed., Lexington Books (2016 Forthcoming)

30 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2016

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Robert J. Miller

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: March 17, 2016

Abstract

Almost none of the 300 Indian reservations located in the lower forty-eight states possess functioning economies in which reservation residents and visitors can purchase the goods and services commonly available in the U.S. economy. A private, free market economy obviously requires private business owners, i.e., entrepreneurs. The percentage of private business ownership among American Indians, however, is by far the lowest for any identifiable group in the U.S. and this fact alone contributes greatly to the poverty and lack of economic activity on reservations. Consequently, to assist Indian nations and communities to unlock their wealth and to improve their economic and social conditions, tribal governments and others need to focus on increasing the number of on-reservation Indian entrepreneurs and creating more privately owned businesses and private-sector economies on reservations.

Keywords: reservation economic development, tribal economies, private sector reservation economies, American Indian entrepreneurs

JEL Classification: H00, O1, O20, P16, P41, Z10

Suggested Citation

Miller, Robert J., American Indian Entrepreneurship (March 17, 2016). Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations, Terry L. Anderson ed., Lexington Books (2016 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2749260

Robert J. Miller (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
4809654085 (Phone)

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