Small businesses and Indians

Indian country suffers from a lack of small businesses.  The vast majority of reservations do not have real economies, that is, the possibility of reservation inhabitants to be employed, to cash their checks and spend them on the luxuries and necessities of life all within the reservation.  Most Indians have to go to the nearest off-reservation town to perform these ordinary tasks of life.

The lack of privately owned small businesses on reservations is primarily to blame for this circumstance.

To attempt to remedy this issue, Rep. Tom UDall, D-N.M., has introduced HR 2284 to amend the Small Business Act to expand and improve assistance provided by Small Business Development Centers to Indian citizens, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiians.

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