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Re-Defining Global Tribalism to Include Alaska Native and Native Americans

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Re-Defining Global Tribalism to Include Alaska Native and Native Americans

By

Terrance H. Booth, Sr. - Neesh Wil Gum - Tsimshian Nation

In today’s business world global tribalism is defined by Joel Kotkin, “These global tribes are today’s quintessential cosmopolitans, in sharp contrast to narrow provincials. As the conventional barriers of nation-states and regions become less meaningful under the weight of global forces, it is likely such dispersed peoples - and their worldwide business and cultural networks - will increasingly shape the economic destiny of mankind.

Global tribes combine a strong sense of a common origin [1] and shared values, quintessential tribal characteristics, with two critical factors for success in the modern world: geographic dispersion and belief in scientific progress. Such cosmopolitan groups-from the Jews and British of the past to today’s ascendant Asian global tribes-do not surrender their sense of peculiar ethnic identify at the alter of technology or science but utilize their historically conditioned values and beliefs to cope successfully with change. [2]

In the business world the word “tribe “ is increasingly being used to represent a social unit, bigger than a group but smaller than a society. [3] The business world equating global tribalism with international corporations that are successful or a grouping of ethnic groups that are making a global business impact with vast successes in a ever-changing business world and greatly impacts global economies.

First Nations stepped out and opened up doors for other Natives to follow by going on trade missions in 2008 And 2011 came away with millions of dollars, joint ventures and established working partners where by the Chinese Companies and First Nations are now both prospering and some Chinese companies in Vancouver, British Columbia had a Round Table Discussion on how further steps can be taken to create international trade and create economic opportunities in the development and discussion on the trade needs of China. Since some global doors have been opened by other Natives the steps to prosperity and wealth are next to happen for all of Indian Country, USA.

Indian Country, USA needs a fully blown economic analysis of themselves to gain a realistic economic picture of the reservation settings to specifically track where do the reservation dollars go and who economically benefits from our reservation settings? Where do most tribal households go to buy groceries? For most tribal households it would buying groceries off the reservation settings? Electrical Power and Services where do tribal members pay for their electrical billing? In most, cases, tribal households pay for utilities off the reservation settings. Where does tribal government entities spend their dollars for office goods and services? Off reservation settings? All tribal entities where do they purchase office goods and services? Off reservation setting. Tribal Education Schools where do they purchase their goods and services? Off reservation setting. All the spending of purchases as tribal members and tribal staff and administrators the spending off reservation setting is define as economic leakage means the purchases made by any tribal entity dollars spent benefits the off-reservation settings and not bring any economic improvements to the reservation settings.

To stop economic leakages Indian Country, USA needs to place their own tribally owned or individual Native Owned and Operated companies on the reservations buying from a Native grocery store, tribes can build their own tribal utility companies with alternative energy uses, tribes can have their own office supply and services and Native households and all tribal entities can buy goods and services from a Native Owned and Operated companies instead of purchasing goods and services off reservation settings buy from tribally owned or Native owned companies by purchasing from tribal businesses located on the reservations settings.

Today due to the insensitivity of the federal government not only toward Alaska Native and Native American Tribes, but toward of the poor and minorities including the veterans of all of the branches of the military. Besides having an insensitive government we are directly imposed with corporations that take their companies to foreign countries for lower wages and avoidance of environmental protection and they go abroad to become more greedy, further racist, keeping the wages very low and most jobs part-time and use the threat of moving if requests are put forth for higher wages. The greedy status of now global corporations continually looks to lower the costs of product on their goods and deprive all Americans the privileges of meaningful jobs and a decent wage. [4] This means Indian Country, USA not only confronts adversarial Congressional and demeaning legislative acts and policies we at the mercy of corporation greed.

What does Indian Country do amid having an adversarial business economy and an inactive politicians who only adopt policies that benefit their corporate donors and even the US Supreme Court opened up the door for more greedy politicians that are financed by even more greedy donors.

We can prosper from within ourselves as Tribes for all of Indian Country, USA.

Native Americans’ Buying Power
Native Americans’ buying power has increased from $19.6 billion in 1990 to $87.3 billion in 2010, and is projected to climb to $147.7 billion in 2017.

The percentage change in Native Americans’ buying power between 1990 and 2017 is 653.6%, higher than the percentage change for most other racial/ethnic groups.

Native Americans’ share of the consumer market was 0.8% in 2010. [5]

Since we are now confronting adverse congressional with a insensitive Republican Party and have already put into place a budget now dubbed Republican Sequestration that has hurt all minorities and all peoples of color. The Republican Agenda is one that supports rich greedy corporations.

From Indian Gaming 2013 Report: “Fiscal Year 2012 show that total Indian gaming revenues increased from 2011 to $27 billion........... Indian gaming and related economic activity
continues to generate over $9 billion in Federal taxes and revenue savings through reduced welfare and unemployment benefit payments.
In addition, Indian gaming generated over $2 billion in state government revenue and an
additional $100 million in local government revenue. We can expect these numbers to
increase as the economy improves and our properties begin to experience growth again.” [6]

With tribal gaming now upwards of 248 tribes having amassed by all Native American Casinos a purchasing power of $27 Billion Dollars. How much of this Native Casino purchasing power goes toward Alaska Native and Native American Tribes or Native Companies? This writer has direct observation seeing many non-Native Companies benefitting from Native American Casinos. Do we not have Native Americans in agriculture? Yet non-Native delivery trucks delivers goods and fresh produce to our Native Casinos. Do we not have Native Companies in Beef and Cattle businesses and here again we see non-Native Companies benefitting from our Native Casinos. How about goods and services and here again we see non-Native Companies benefitting. All tribal entities where do they purchase goods and services? From Non-Native Companies! Technical support for Native American Casinos. From Non-Native Companies.

We now have a vivid picture of the realities confronting us Natives on a daily basis and we can do something about it. Already National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has promoted Alaska Native and Native American unity: “The unified voice of Indian Country – that is who we are as the National Congress of American Indians and that is why this Mid Year is focused on “Impacting Indian Country Through Unity.”

Unity isn’t just a nice sounding word or idea. It’s one of the most difficult things to achieve as people – just look at United States Congress – a nation divided is a nation that struggles to find its bearings.

We know our direction as Indian Country and as long as we stay unified we will continue to become stronger. The unity of our tribal nations over the last century is the very reason the modern history books don’t read – “first they were divided, and then they were conquered.”

Instead, today – right here – right now, we are writing the chapter of Indian Country that begins – “First they attempted to divide tribes, and it could not be done, and through their unity, the sovereign tribal nations of North America became stronger.”

Let us remember, we are here, we are strong and we are united – and it’s because we’ve stuck together.

Over the last century, when our efforts to protect our sovereignty moved from the battlefield to reservations, from the treaty signing tables to the courts, we’ve stood together. It’s not always been easy, we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but we’ve managed to find common ground and remain united.” [7] With unity in place by the National Congress of American Indians they should go steps further to promote National Native Companies to specifically address the tribal economic leakages and put into place Alaska Native and Native American Companies to stop tribal economic leakages for by 2017 the purchasing power of Indian Country, USA as stated earlier will be $147 Billion Dollars. We can buy from our own Alaska Native and Native American Companies by putting into place Buy Native as a national Alaska Native and Native American goal and bring prosperity to all of Indian Country, USA instead of prospering Non-Native Companies we take steps to prosper ourselves as Natives establishing a Real Tribal perspective and outdoing our Non-Native Counter parts. The NCAI resolution is now in place and lets put our tribal minds together to create from within ourselves a New Tribal Economy for the good of this generation and generations to come.

1. The term tribe is derived from the Latin word tribus, which referred to the threefold division of people of the ancient Rome according to their own ancient mythology. In the 1933 edition of the Oxford Dictionary a tribe is described as “a group of persons forming a community and claiming descent from a common ancestor.” Other, more pejorative uses of the term, as American anthropologist Morton Fried explained, grew with the rise of Marxism, which stressed the barbarous nature of tribalism, as well as the tendency of Europeans to use the term to describe relations among nonwhite people in lands occupied by the. For further description, see Morton H. Fried, The Notion of Tribe (Menlo Park. Cal.: Cummings Publishing Co., 1975), pp 4-7. Addendum by writer, tribe a unite of social organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share s common ancestry, culture and topically impermanent leadership, from The American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition.
2. Joel Kotkin, Tribes, Prologue, pp. 3-4.
3. Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright, Tribal Leadership , pp. 24
4. Global Village, Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello, Introduction
5. http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/buying-power
6. http://www.indiangaming.org/infor/2013 Annual ReportPDF
7. http://www.ncai.org/resources/testimony/uniting-tribes-to-advance-our-sh...

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