The Marketplace

From the time of contact with Europeans to the present, Native people were essential participants in the economy of the Great Lakes region, and they have contributed to the national economy and the global market. Today tribally-owned businesses, including gaming casinos, help to offset endemic poverty that resulted from Indians’ status as wards of the federal government since the mid-19th century. Scholars explore not only the causes of poverty in Indian communities but also the unique forms of development and capitalism there.

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