Sovereign entrepreneurs : Cherokee small-business owners and the making of economic sovereignty
Lewis, Courtney, author.
Sovereign entrepreneurs : Cherokee small-business owners and the making of economic sovereignty / Courtney Lewis.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
xiii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
- Uniform series
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Economic identities : conceptions and practices
- Tourism : "Where are the Indians?"
- Bounding American Indian businesses
- Pillars of sovereignty : the case for small businesses in economic development
- Governmental support for Indianpreneurs : challenges and conflicts.
"[A] study of small businesses and small business owners who are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The EBCI has an especially long history of incorporated, citizen-owned businesses located on their reservation. Many people stop with casinos or natural-resource intensive enterprise when they think of Indigenous-owned businesses, but on Qualla Boundary today, Indigenous entrepreneurship and economic independence extends to art galleries, restaurants, a bookstore, a funeral parlor, and more. Lewis's fieldwork followed these businesses before and after the Great Recession, and against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Cherokee-owned casino. From this source base, Lewis reveals how these EBCI businesses have contributed to an economic sovereignty that empowers and sustains their nation both culturally and politically. This is a generative concept that helps to define what a distinctly Indigenous form of entrepreneurship looks like"-- Provided by publisher.
- Subject headings
Cherokee business enterprises--North Carolina--Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Small business--North Carolina--Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Entrepreneurship--North Carolina--Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians--Economic conditions.
9781469648583 (hardcover alkaline paper)
146964858X (hardcover alkaline paper)
9781469648590 (paperback alkaline paper)
1469648598 (paperback alkaline paper)
9781469648606 (electronic book)
- Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
- Call Number
- E99.C5 L397 2019
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