Tribal economics expands beyond traditional economic development. Building an economy has
multiple components and the interaction of these components, strategies and policy objectives
create a dynamic interaction of systems, culture and capital. This class will focus on grasping a
core knowledge base of economics and economic development and expand into a merging of
Tribal opportunity, issues and complexities. Using a capitalist lens, the class will deconstruct
and decolonize this economic paradigm to see how different market models fit with Tribes. The
overall goal of the class is to learn processes to understand key economic principals, witness
these principals in action with US and Tribal markets and to learn strategies and policies that
pertain to economic performance.
This dynamic conversation will provide a foundational understanding of economics, main
economic principals and applications of multiple methods to improve economic conditions.
Understanding economic development, its foundation as well as applications, including
entrepreneurship, will provide a contextual understanding as the core of this class, which will
be applied to a Tribal perspective and framework. Economic principals, entrepreneurship,
clusters, local community and economic development, geography, competitiveness and
strategy will be included in this class. An understanding of how Tribal economic principals
cooperate and conflict within the US will be a major focus of the praxis of improving Tribal
economies while balancing many economic interests.