This unique book investigates the history and future of American Indian economic activities and explains why tribal governments and reservation communities must focus on creating sustainable privately and tribally owned businesses if reservation communities and tribal cultures are to continue to exist.
Native American peoples suffer from health, educational, infrastructure, and social deficiencies that most Americans who live outside of tribal lands are wholly unaware of and would not tolerate. By creating sustainable economic development on reservations, however, gradual, long-term change can be effected, thereby improving the standard of living and sustaining tribal cultures.
Reservation "Capitalism": Economic Development in Indian Country supplies the true history, present-day circumstances, and potential future of Indian communities and economics. It provides key background information on indigenous economic systems and property rights regimes in what is now the United States, and explains how the vast majority of native lands and natural resource assets were lost. The book focuses on strategies for establishing privately and publicly owned economic activities on reservations and creating economies where reservation inhabitants can be employed, live, and buy the necessities of life, thereby enabling complete tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination.
- Provides a unique historical examination of American Indian economic activities and private property rights
- Explains how American Indian communities and governments lost the vast majority of their lands and wealth, resulting in the poverty stricken conditions that most of Indian country experiences today
- Surveys the modern-day economic activities of tribal governments and Indian reservations, including gambling
- Examines strategies and principles that can help reservation communities develop beneficial and sustainable economies to preserve tribal life and cultures
"His book is scholarly yet practical, and above all timely. It is a must-read for employees of tribal economic development departmental persons wanting more information on establishing business in tribal communities, students at tribal colleges, and those in any American Indian course that incorporates an entrepreneurial perspective."
"While Miller’s fluid style makes his book accessible to the casual reader, the level of research and its extensive endnotes make this book a viable choice as the primary text for a course on tribal economic development. Although not a legal text, Miller provides an excellent synopsis of the legal history and background necessary to understand the impediments to tribal economic development."
"This excellent scholarly volume includes enlightening history as well as analyses of present realities and the future of American Indian communities and economies. . . . This is a valuable volume for Native American studies collections and for those interested in the economic opportunities of today's Indian tribes, including business, government, and tribal leaders. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
"Robert Miller delivers first-rate advice on the politics, law, and economics of reservation development. Indian nations — indeed, all nations — can learn from this book's insights. . . . Robert Miller has pulled together an impressive range of scholarly theory, real world experiences of Native leaders, and data. As a result, this book provides a mountain of sound advice to tribal, state and federal policymakers. The advice is delivered without apology by an author who lives and respects his subject."
"Robert Miller's Reservation Capitalism promises to be the definitive book on Native American entrepreneurship. This is both a legal and policy primer on the impact of financing contemporary business in Indian Country. Perhaps, the most original and significant impact of the book is the early and historic treatment of more than four-hundred years of interaction between the two cultures culminating in the twenty-first century economic and technological changes on reservations. Professor Miller examines the fiscal and economic tools that tribes can -- and indeed must -- use to help their people reach the level of economic prosperity that will help the Indian Nations sustain their lives, families, communities, cultures and economies."
Miller's Reservation "Capitalism" is a manifesto of big-picture thinking about the problem of the 21st century for Indian country -- diversifying and growing reservation economies. Miller brings together law, history, economics, and culture in a brilliant work that speaks to Native and non-Native policymakers and lawyers as much as it does to scholars.
"A remarkable book portraying the history of native peoples of North America and their struggles to maintain their century-long principles of entrepreneurship and profit-driven ventures under severe political and social atrocities. The author provided an excellent explanation of the primary events that changed the century-long existence of North American Indian people and the loss of their natural resource assets.
Today, as the author summarized, through self-determination, tribes are finding their true benefits of commerce to meet their community needs.
This book is good reading for the scholar or the layperson that understands little about Indian people."