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Sovereign EntrepreneursCherokee Small-Business Owners and the Making of Economic Sovereignty$
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Courtney Lewis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469648590

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648590.001.0001

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Government Support for Indianpreneurs

Government Support for Indianpreneurs

Challenges and Conflicts

(p.150) 5 Government Support for Indianpreneurs
Sovereign Entrepreneurs

Courtney Lewis

University of North Carolina Press

The EBCI government recognizes that small- business owners on the Qualla Boundary face very distinctive challenges, and its sovereign status allows it to aid in ways particular to Native Nations. These small- business entrepreneurs have access to a variety of valuable support mechanisms, ranging from intergenerational business advantages (as seen in family enterprises) to federal and Native Nation government interventions, which can enhance opportunities and mitigate challenges. It is in these relationships that we see how Native Nations deploy economic sovereignty in a small- business context. The EBCI government offers support specific to the needs of American Indian businesses located on trust land and for Eastern Band business owners. This includes financial support (e.g., loans – especially those that address the needs of trust land as collateral), the establishment of their own Tribal Employment Rights Commission (TERO) office, small business training (such as the Indianpreneurship course), and the managing of their Chamber of Commerce.

Keywords:   Financial support, Trust land collateral, Tribal Employment Rights Commission (TERO), Small business training, Indianpreneurship, Chamber of Commerce

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