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American Indian Studies

This page is a starting point for all students researching American Indian issues. This guide is created by the Labriola National American Indian Data Center.

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Reference Books

The following bibliography lists reference material dealing with Economic Development of American Indian tribes. These resources include material found in the Labriola American Indian Data Center in the University Libraries at Arizona State University, websites, and other research facilities. 




Included are small manuscripts, informational brochures, museum publications, photographs (including slides), radio transcripts, articles, and poetry. To find ephemera related to sovereignty, search the American Indian Index and the Arizona and Southwestern Index, which are accessed from the University Libraries home page under “Indexes”.  Examples of subjects are: economic development, economic conditions, economics, and businesses.

Evergreen: The Magazine of The Evergreen, June 1998. This issue is themed “ Forestry In Indian Country: Progress & Promise”, looking at Indian country’s timber resource as an industry for economic development. Provided are useful maps, charts and tables about the timber industry in relation to tribal reservations.
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“How Soon Can You Stock Your New Store, Mr. Basha?: A Cross Cultural Comedy of Manners.”, Arizona Monthly, Vol. 1 #2, p 31. This article tells a story of how a Bashas’ grocery store was built in Sells, Arizona despite a financial advisor’s prediction of little financial profits.
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“The Role of Libraries/Information Centers in Indian Economic Development and Political and Political Self-Determination,” by Joseph R. Hardy. This paper was prepared for the White House Pre-Conference on Indian Library and Information Services On or Near Reservations. The importance of tribes having their own storage and archival facility for research and planning purposes for issues like economic development is discussed.
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