9-3 Winter 1998 “Responsible Welfare Reform” Resource Guide

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Resource Guides
By Shawn Olson-Crawford

The resources listed here are, for the most part, published since 1992. They represent both analytical and how -to materials and organizations related to American Indian economic development issues and entrepreneurship.The resources were found using computerized database subject area searches of Academic Index Full Text, Business Index Full Text, Dissertation Abstracts, Government Documents Index, Government Periodicals Index, Indians of North America Bibliography, LaserCat, WorldCat, UncoverWeb, and sites on the Internet. Major descriptors for the search included American Indian and Native American (NA) economic development, American Indian and NA business, American Indian and NA economy, American Indian and NA entrepreneurship, American Indian and NA employment, American Indian and NA enterprise, American Indian and NA finance, and American Indian management.


Administration for Native Americans (ANA) promotes the goal of social and economic self-sufficiency of all Native Americans through grants and technical assistance. Phone (202) 690-5787. Publications include Pathway to Self-Sufficiency: Social and Economic Development Strategies of Native American Communities. Office of Human Development Services, Department of Health and Human Services.

American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) promotes and supports the American Indian business student and entrepreneur in culturally appropriate development of reservation-based businesses. For information about the annual national conference, career fair, and business plan competition as well as scholarship and internship opportunities contact Executive Director Michelle Henderson at the University of Montana at (406) 243-4879.

Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) is an organization of tribes based in Denver that supports member tribes in developing their management capabilities and building stable, self-governed economies. For more information about publications, call (303) 297-2378.

First Nations Development Institute is a national, non-profit organization based in Fredericksburg VA whose mission is to help tribes build sound, sustainable reservation economies through training and technical assistance in economic development, marketing, micro-enterprise lending, tribal investments and research. For a current list of resource documents call (540) 371-5615 or visit their web page: http://www.firstnations.org

Indian and Native American Employment and Training Coalition is an informal, voluntary information network linking over 200 Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups, and off-reservation Indian and Native American organizations that provide employment and training services to American Indian and Alaska Native workers in the United States. One of the people most knowledgeable about welfare reform as it relates to Indian Country, Norm DeWeaver writes a newsletter, the “Coalition Welfare Reform Update.” For information, contact the coalition at 1000 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007 or call (202) 342-0594.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) provides management and technical assistance, loan packaging, American Indian business assistance, start-up and expansion, SBA loan information, contract procurements. Phone (602) 545-1298. Web page: http://www.ncaied.org

National Indian Business Association (NIBA) is an Indian networking group that helps young, Indian businesses cope with the dominant business culture as well as provide contacts with other Indian firms. Call (505) 256-0589 for more information.

National Indian Policy Center gathers, analyzes, and disseminates information on Indian policy issues such as economic development. Phone: (202)973-7667 Web page: http://gwis.circ.gwu.edu/~nipc

Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a non-profit corporation of Native American lawyers based in Boulder CO. Phone (303) 447-8760. Publications: NARF Bibliography on Indian Economic Development and A Self-Help Manual for Indian Economic Development.

Network Services Tribal Coalition (NSTC) provides information access technology and support services to its members for their economic empowerment, social development, and cultural preservation.  Web page: http://www.cowboy.net/nstc

Onaben is a Native American business network offering training and support focused on developing entrepreneurship in Indian communities. Web site: http://www.onaben.org

Spirit of Aboriginal Enterprise (SAE) prepared the Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit for teachers, trainers, business development organizations, community economic development officers, and others promoting Native business. The tool kit includes a 6-video and print package about successful large and small aboriginal entrepreneurs in Canada; a CD ROM multimedia edition; and the Business Idea Developer for potential entrepreneurs. The web site enables entrepreneurs to complete their business plan online and also contains several articles on business startup and other management topics. Contact SAE at: http://sae.ca/business/entrepre/entrepre.htm

Timmons, Jeffry, Ph.D. New Venture Creation, Irwin Publishing. This text is useful for upper-level students working toward a bachelor’s degree. Available at college bookstores. Timmons specializes in entrepreneurial studies and has assisted the American Indian Entrepreneurship Project. To reach him, write Jeffry Timmons, Babson College, Babson Park MA 02157 or call (617) 239-4449.

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