Masters Thesis

Native American tribes and economic growth: historical and continuing barriers

Tribal Nations throughout American history have had a complex existence while trying to navigate through the US government’s definition of tribal sovereignty. There is a link between history and continuing issues that are stagnating economic growth within Tribal Nations. Diverse laws and their meanings have had a detrimental effect on tribal people and their land base. This project is about the link between these complexities and the current state of American Indian Nations economic growth. I will look at these laws in a historical context and discuss what tribes are doing economically today.