ERIC Number: ED327351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Perspectives on Economic Development in Indian Country. A Report of the National Symposium on Native American Enterprise Zone Development (Washington, D.C., April 22-24, 1990).
Herzberg, Nancy; And Others
In the past decade, tribal economic independence has come to be viewed as central to tribal survival as well as to self-determination and self-sufficiency. The Native American Enterprise Zone Symposium provided an opportunity for economic development practitioners and experts to share experiences and develop recommendations for reshaping federal policy affecting Native American economic development. Participants included federal policymakers, development experts from the private and public sectors, and 18 tribes pursuing enterprise zone projects. Panel presentations and discussions focused on: (1) the enterprise zone as a tribal planning tool; (2) capitalizing on inherent tribal advantages; (3) determining tribal social goals first, followed by economic goals and culturally appropriate development strategies; (4) considering cultural and environmental tradeoffs involved in particular development strategies; (5) searching aggressively and selectively for economic development projects; (6) operating on sound business principles; (7) determining whether enterprises are more appropriately owned and operated by tribal governments or individual tribal members; (8) obtaining private investment capital; (9) developing viable, local financial institutions and intermediaries; and (10) influencing federal policy concerning capital formation, human resource issues, longer funding periods for development projects, strategies for comprehensive long-range planning, more effective inter-agency coordination, and greater openness to innovative concepts. Appendices provide information on the symposium agenda and participants. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Business, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Federal Indian Relationship, Financial Support, Public Policy, Tribes
Director, Passamaquoddy Tribe, Office of Training and Development, Pleasant Point Reservation, Perry, ME 04667.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Native Americans (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point Reservation, Perry, ME. Office of Training and Development.
Identifiers: Development Capital; Enterprise Zone