Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Native Trade

Native Trade: a logo trademarked by Sister Sky

“Markets and commerce were not invented in Europe. When Columbus made shore, Indians…had already developed a broad and complex commercial network.” - Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Department of Interior, 2007.

Native American trade and commerce with Europeans has earliest recordings in the late 1400's to early 1500's.  Such business transactions created economic sustainability for both parties involved in the trading process.

Native American trade created personal and communal wealth within tribal communities.  In addition Native American trade created robust commerce and a healthy thriving business market.

Federally mandated forced-relocation of millions of Native Americans, to far removed lands of desolation, made extinct the robust business market of Native American trade.  Thus, sorrowfully creating a socioeconomic tragedy.   Native Americans where once skilled, experienced, dedicated entrepreneurs who contributed to a healthy trade commerce in North America.

For Native Americans in the 21st century ''Native Trade' equals:

  • Revival of healthy trade industries.
  • Individual and community wealth building.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Employment.
  • Home Ownership.
  • Healthy Families.
  • Economic Sustainability.
  • Tribal self-governance.

Global nations require healthy trade environments in order to establish and maintain economic wealth, for their citizens and government.  Tribal nations are no different than global nations, a healthy trade environment is required to establish and maintain economic wealth for tribal citizens and tribal governments.

Be a Native American game-changer!  Consciously practice fair Native Trade today !

Marina TurningRobe
Sister Sky