In 1977, after two years of intensive investigative research, the American Indian Policy Review Commission published a massive and groundbreaking two-volume report (Part 1and Part 2) on its findings into every aspect of Federal-Indian relations.
Of the report’s 206 recommendations, 43 dealt with economic development issues. While Indian gaming has given Indian country a tremendous economic boost during the 37 years since the report was published, some tribes still struggle with high unemployment and poverty and the social ills they bring.
Now the National Indian Gaming Association(NIGA) and Blue Stone Strategy Grouphave partnered in an effort to help remedy those struggles. The two organizations have nearly completed the first of its kind authoritative guide to 21st century tribal economic development. It’s called Defining the Next Era in Tribal Economic Development: The Diversification Imperative for Tribal Economic Development. Like its predecessor in 1977, Defining the Next Era involves input from dozens of tribal leaders, but unlike the earlier report, the new guide focuses solely on economic development and blends together theory, specific examples and vignettes from tribes and research from throughout Indian country.Continue Reading