Panel: Native Americans, Economics, and Opportunity
(Politics, Media, and the Policy Process)

Friday, November 8, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Beverly (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Laura Evans, University of Washington
Panel Chair:  Cheryl M. Ellenwood, University of Arizona
Discussants:  Laura Evans, University of Washington and John Ronquillo, University of Colorado, Denver

What does indigenous economic opportunity look like? These papers examine the paths to economic prosperity that are grounded in Native American values and institutions. Kouslaa Kessler-Mata examines the contours of economic development that is rooted in Native American ethics. Raymond Foxworth of First Nations Development Institute challenges the stereotypes that Native American tribal governments create barriers to economic development: he argues that tribal governments can be a foundation for economic growth. Jean Schroedel (presenting author), Joseph Dietrech, and Joseph Lake reveal unique financial burdens that Native Americans face: county governments impose taxes on Native American residents to fund anti-civil rights agendas. Together, these papers demonstrate key elements of economic prosperity for Native Nations today.

Explaining Economic Change in American Indian Reservations
Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Development Institute