ERIC Number: ED113096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
New Potentials for Modern Indian Economic Development.
Heath, Wallace G.
Recently American Indians have experienced an unprecedented renaissance in community spirit. Capitalizing upon this spirit, Indian economic development should be directed toward particular community needs, utilizing Indian leadership to determine needed training and development programs. There is no question but that the majority of Indian reservations have adequate resources for self-support. The problem lies in combining a community's natural and human resources with its cultural strengths to promote a cohesive effort. Educational reorientation is vital to this process, for education must be related to community economic development efforts. Recent examples of innovative Indian economic development programs which have met individualized tribal needs include: (1) the Fort Yuma Reservation's hydroponic farming system; (2) the Lumni Indian Aquaculture Project; and (3) the Pyramid Lake Paiute Project. One of the most promising projects yet to be explored by the reservations is that of a modern food production system which utilizes tribally owned energy resources, since such a system would increase jobs and income far beyond that derived from selling fuel on a royalty basis. By utilizing resource pools and cooperative marketing programs, several tribes could compete with non-Indian food production and thus contribute to U.S. food and energy conservation. (JC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Community Action, Community Coordination, Cultural Context, Economic Development, Energy Conservation, Food, Income, Innovation, Job Development, Models, Natural Resources, Nontraditional Education, Self Actualization
Not available separately, see RC 008 797. ERIC/CRESS, Box 3AP, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (on loan)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education.
Authoring Institution: Navajo Community Coll., Tsaile, AZ.; American Indian Resource Associates, Oglala, SD.