Sovereignty and Nation-Building: The Development Challenge in Indian Country Today

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Cornell, Stephen, and Joseph P. Kalt. 1998. "Sovereignty and Nation-Building: The Development Challenge in Indian Country Today." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 22 (3):187-214. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17953/aicr.22.3.lv45536553vn7j78.

The Indian nations of the United States face a rare opportunity. This is not the occasional business opportunity of reservation legend, when some eager investor would arrive at tribal offices with a proposal ”guaranteed” to produce millions of dollars for the tribe-although such investors still appear, promises in hand. Nor is it the niche economic opportunity of gaming, although that has transformed some tribes’ situations in important ways. This opportunity is a political and organizational one. It is a chance to rethink, restructure, reorganize-a chance not to start a business or exploit an economic niche but to substantially reshape the future. It is the opportunity for nation-building.

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