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Tribal assets : the rebirth of native America
White, Robert H. (Robert Hooper), 1955-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, [1990]

Physical Description:
291 pages ; 22 cm
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By examining four different tribal communities, this book looks at how Native Americans are establishing multi-million dollar enterprises in order to be less dependent on government support.

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Booklist Review

Too many of the approximately two million native Americans live in extreme poverty, with low life expectancy, high suicide and fetal alcohol syndrome rates, and a pervasive hopelessness. But there are a growing number of success stories about tribes who have parlayed their landownership into profitable business ventures, creating employment opportunities and revitalizing Indian communities. White covers the development of tribal businesses owned by the Passamaquoddy in Maine, the Mississippi Choctaw, the Ak-Chin of Arizona, and Oregon's Warm Springs tribe. The Passamaquoddy fought a 10-year legal battle, pitting the feds against the state, and won a $40 million land-claim settlement. Smart investments, acquired "bureaucratic savvy," and some bold entrepreneurship paved the way for the establishment of thriving businesses. White portrays the major players in this "quiet revolution" and rejoices in the optimism he perceives in native Americans who are reasserting their rights. To be indexed. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

With a $40-million lands claim settlement, the Passamaquoddy Indians of Maine became entrepreneurs: they own a cement factory, a commercial wild-blueberry farm and a forestry operation, and are still expanding. In Mississippi, an isolated, desperately poor Choctaw tribe has prospered manufacturing electronics. The Ak-Chin community won its battle for water rights and now operates a major agribusiness in Arizona. At Warm Springs, Ore., the Confederated Tribes run a luxury hotel, a timber operation and a sawmill. Freelance writer White presents these four case studies of Native American enterprises that merit attention from readers in the fields of business and sociology. Each case is a record of notable achievement, but the age-old problems remain. Life expectancy is appallingly low due to diabetes and substance abuse, yet these people are fighting vigorously to better their lives and preserve their identity. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Success stories in the area of economic development are emerging from Indian country. Author White has chronicled four of them, relating how the Passamaquoddies of Maine, the Mississippi Choctaw, the Ak Chin Community of Arizona, and the Warm Springs Confederation of Oregon have harnessed available natural and financial resources to improve the economic position of tribal members. While the stories, compiled from extensive interviews in each community, vary, the common threads of self-determination and strong leadership run through all of them. This is a valuable antidote to the generally depressing statistics on poverty in Indian America.-- Mary B. Davis, Museum of the American Indian Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.