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Sovereign Entrepreneurs – Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Sovereign Entrepreneurs: Cherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty

Courtney Lewis


By 2009, reverberations of economic crisis spread from the United States around the globe. As corporations across the United States folded, however, small businesses on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) continued to thrive. In this rich ethnographic study, Courtney Lewis reveals the critical roles small businesses such as these play for Indigenous nations. The EBCI has an especially long history of incorporated, citizen-owned businesses located on their lands. When many people think of Indigenous-owned businesses, they stop with prominent casino gaming operatio ... More

Keywords: American Indian entrepreneurship, Native American entrepreneurship, Economic sovereignty, Cherokee small business owners, Indigenous economies, Cultural reclamation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Guaranteed Annual Income / Universal Basic Income, Indigenous tourism sustainability, American Indian Gaming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648590
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney Lewis, author
University of South Carolina