Tribal Assets: The Rebirth of Native America

Robert White, Author Henry Holt & Company $24.95 (291p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0846-3
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.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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