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Navajo Hotel Owners Open a Retreat in Monument Valley

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t’s all about the mystical view.

That is, the view of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation.

For the past several years, visitors have had an opportunity to wake up to the soothing rays of the sun overlooking towering chestnut-colored rock formations at the park from their room at The View Hotel — the only hotel in the world in Monument Valley...

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John, Roberta. "Navajo Hotel Owners Open a Retreat in Monument Valley." Indian Country Today Media Network. January 12, 2015. Article. (https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/travel/destinations/navajo-hotel-owners..., accessed January 12, 2015)

Meeting Economic Development Challenge in Indian Country

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Native American communities have taken great strides in developing their economies and raising the quality of life on tribal lands. However, as President Obama noted during his historic visit to Indian country in June, there are still wide disparities between Native Americans and the overall U.S. population.

On June 25, 2014, William “Mike” Lettig, Executive Vice President and National Executive of KeyBank’s Native American Financial Services segment, had the privilege to testify at a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing on the role that investment plays in encouraging economic development in Indian country. KeyBank has helped raise more than $3 billion in capital for Indian country in the past five years and is on track to assist in raising more than copy billion in 2014 alone, making Key a formidable expert on Indian country investment matters...

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Lettig, Mike. "Meeting Economic Development Challenge in Indian Country." Indian Country Today Media Network. November 16, 2014. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/meeting-economic-development-challenge-in-indian-country, accessed July 14, 2023)

Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

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Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue...

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Carter, M. Scott. "Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher." Oklahoma Watch. September 12, 2014. Article. (http://oklahomawatch.org/2014/09/12/tribes-pushing-minimum-wage-higher/, accessed September 15, 2014)

Social Enterprise Café Builds Life Skills of Reservation Youth

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Indian Country Today
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To the residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation, the newly-opened Keya Café & Coffee Shop in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is a great place to pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning. But behind the scenes, this small business is working on a much broader scope by addressing such issues as the environment, job creation, diabetes, and youth life skills...

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ICTMN Staff. "Social Enterprise Café Builds Life Skills of Reservation Youth." Indian Country Today. August 15, 2014. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/social-enterprise-caf-builds-life-skills-of-reservation-youth, accessed November 12, 2023)

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Increases Minimum Wage to $10.25

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As the economy recovers from what is being called the worst recession since the Great Depression, rural economies are still feeling the effects. The greater economy is rebounding, but a large amount of the jobs that were lost due to the housing bubble and subsequent global financial debacle are just not returning...

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Media Release. "Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Increases Minimum Wage to $10.25." Native American Times. March 12, 2014. Article. (http://nativetimes.com/index.php/news/tribal/9671-leech-lake-band-of-oji..., accessed March 24, 2014)

Cherokee Nation Raises Tribal Minimum Wage, More Than $2 Above Federal

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Indian Country Today
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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed an executive order on February 21 raising the Cherokee Nation’s minimum wage to $9.50 over the next two years. The current Cherokee Nation minimum wage stands at $9 per hour, already well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour...

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Cherokee Nation. "Cherokee Nation Raises Tribal Minimum Wage, More Than $2 Above Federal." Indian Country Today. February 25, 2014. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/cherokee-nation-raises-tribal-minimum-wage-more-than-2-above-federal, accessed March 22, 2023)

New economic hope on Pine Ridge Reservation

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When I read the Lakota Country Times I am heartened by the economic progress that oftentimes is hidden in the more alarming media reports of rampant alcoholism and the resulting horrors that the disease brings to the communities there on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

There is hope to be had in what is happening on the economic scene, and it’s mostly in the districts, in the villages, out of sight of visiting camera crews and reporters...

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Trimble, Charles. "New economic hope on Pine Ridge Reservation." Indianz.com. February 18, 2014. Opinion. (http://www.indianz.com/News/2014/012559.asp, accessed February 18, 2014) 

UW Names Colville Tribal Federal Corp. Minority Business of the Year

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The tribal business for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in North Central Washington–the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., or CTFC–recently won the 2013 William D. Bradford Minority Business of the Year Award. It’s the granddaddy of seven awards given annually by the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business that recognizes a company “that has demonstrated success in areas of revenue, size, superior management practices and commitment to the community.”

According to tribal member Joe Pakootas, the tribe’s 25th CEO in 29 years, CTFC generated $86 million in revenue in 2013, up from $49 million in 2010, by cutting costs, eliminating wasteful spending and most significantly, restructuring the business (formerly Colville Tribal Enterprise Corp.) as a federally chartered corporation under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934...

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Armitage, Lynn. "UW Names Colville Tribal Federal Corp. Minority Business of the Year." Indian Country Today Media Network. January 15, 2014. Article. (https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/business/uw-names-colville..., accessed January 21, 2014)

Cutting Edge Tech on the Rez

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Indian Country Today
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Bigger isn’t always better. Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation covers some 2.8 million acres, only a small portion of which is occupied by the successful San Xavier District’s Hi:kdan Business Park. The tribally chartered, Native-owned private business operates under the banner: “Moving Forward with the Future.”

Housed in the shadows of Raytheon, the nearby giant missile manufacturer, the O’odham have done quite well for themselves with their 51 percent ownership of Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing (ACM)–a Native Small Disadvantaged Business providing “high tech products for a better world.”...

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Allen, Lee. "Cutting Edge Tech on the Rez." Indian Country Today. December 19, 2013. Article. (https://ictnews.org/archive/cutting-edge-tech-on-the-rez, accessed April 3, 2023)

How Tribal Leaders Are Creating Jobs

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Indian Country Today
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The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) has provided a vital spark to infrastructure and economic development projects across Indian country. Momentum has been building over the past several years but because of recent federal agency actions, and now tax-related Congressional bickering, it is in danger of petering out.

Out on the prairie, the skyline of Winnebago, Nebraska continues to grow. That is because the Winnebago Tribe is constructing a new multi-million-dollar educational center. This is a major achievement for a community in great need. Any other rural community might have issued bonds based on local property tax revenues to construct a critical community asset like this. But of course tribal governments cannot levy real property taxes. As such, NMTC-backed financing helped make this project a reality...

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Morgan, Lance and Gabriel S. Galanda. "How Tribal Leaders Are Creating Jobs." Indian Country Today. October 15, 2013. Opinion. (https://ictnews.org/archive/how-tribal-leaders-are-creating-jobs, accessed July 18, 2023)