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Sovereign entrepreneurs : Cherokee small-business owners and the making of economic sovereignty

Author
Lewis, Courtney, author.
Title
Sovereign entrepreneurs : Cherokee small-business owners and the making of economic sovereignty / Courtney Lewis.
Format
Book
Published
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
©2019
Description
xiii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Uniform series
Critical indigeneities.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • 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.
Summary
"[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.
Sovereignty--Economic aspects.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians--Economic conditions.
ISBN
9781469648583 (hardcover alkaline paper)
146964858X (hardcover alkaline paper)
9781469648590 (paperback alkaline paper)
1469648598 (paperback alkaline paper)
9781469648606 (electronic book)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
E99.C5 L397 2019
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
Floor
6th Floor, East Tower
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Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
E99.C5 L397 2019
Location
Columbus Library - New Book Area
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