U.S. Census Bureau estimates on Alaskan Native owned businesses

In 2011, the Associated Press reporteds that "Businesses owned by Alaska Natives and American Indians have shown some growth, but the increase has failed to equal more jobs, according to the latest findings in a survey conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.com/ap/ApWorld/201103182913

The Census survey shows the "number of Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses increased nearly 18 percent from 2002 to 2007, while the number of paid workers they employed dropped by nearly 4 percent during that time."

The Census claims its survey "does not include tribally owned businesses, or businesses and subsidiaries owned by Alaska Native regional or village corporations."  But the Census did include those entities as private businesses in surveys it issued in 1997 and 2002, as I pointed out. Robert J. Miller, Reservation "Capitalism: Economic Development in Indian Country 124 (Praeger Publishers, 2012).
 
The Census survey does not reflect the recession of 2008-11. 
 
"[A]ccording to Christina Daulton with the National Congress of American Indians . . . the American Indian unemployment rate increased nationally nearly 8 percentage points to more than 15 percent from the first half of 2007 to the first half of 2010. That jump was 1.6 times the size of the increase for whites, she said."
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