”When Native nations make their own decisions about what development approaches to take, they consistently out-perform external decision makers—on matters as diverse as governmental form, natural resource management, economic development, health care and social service provision.”The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Conditions for First Nations’s economic development
by Calvin HelinIndigenous Success through Self-Reliance. The incredible story of the rise and the fall of Indigenous nations… and potential rise again.Offering real solutions to Indigenous and developing nations` poverty by “just doing it”.Published 2006, Vancouver (Orca Spirit Publishing & Communications, Inc.) 2006, ISBN 0-9782107-0-0.EDAI fully recommends this book by Calvin Helin:Calvin Helin is a lawyer, and more importantly, son of Barry Helin of the Royal House of Gitlan, and of Verna Helin, matron of the Royal House of Gitachn’geek. In other words: Calvin Helin is not just an academic, but as a full-blooded Native Canadian knows exactly what he is talking about when it comes to the economic and social situation of his Indian brothers and sisters.More...The Harvard ProjectDid you ever wonder on why many Native economic initiatives fail?If you really want to find out, read• the paper“Reloading the dice…”,• the Harvard website• the book “The state of Native Nations”:The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-DeterminationBased on case studies, major reasons for failure and conditions for success.
“All parents need to read this book. Avoiding welfare starts in the home, and the book`s message of self-reliance applies to everyone, regardless of race or country of origin.”
John Corbiere, former Batchewana Band Chief
The economic impacts of the colonial system are: First, practically no private business activities exist on reserves. Second, the paycheque system puts people into full economic dependency of the government as the provider for their daily needs. This also has an influence on social and even political matters on reserves: mismanagement, nepotism, corruption, and abuse of power are the results when governments distribute money according to their rules. Helin provides ample proof of his statements (pp. 141-159). At the very end the financial resources intended for Native peoples are sucked up by consultants and lawyers, the “Indian misery industry” (pp. 160-161).Calvin Helin in “Dances with Dependency”
Eric Henson, Jonathan B.Taylor, Catherine Curtis, Stephen Cornell, Kenneth W. Grant, Miriam Jorgensen, Joseph P. Kalt, Andrew J. Lee.Oxford University Press: www.oup.com/us/he (448 pages, $29.00, ISBN 9780195301267
The book explores the political, economic, social, and cultural realities of contemporary Indian Country. This thematically organized examination of Native American life covers topics including tribal governance, natural resources, economic and social development, arts and culture, and urban populations. The work is a result of a collaboration through the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, a group of leading researchers, scholars, and practitioners who have undertaken the most comprehensive study of the contemporary conditions of Native Americans. Balancing real-world personal accounts and ethnographic findings with informed data and statistical analysis, this volume presents a multidisciplinary overview of the challenges confronting Indian nations.(Press Release by Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development)