BUSINESS USA / 17 NOVEMBER 2014
Almost 100 years ago, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, began his mission to establish a nationally recognized day to honor Native Americans. The federal government didn’t take action until 1983, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 13 as American Indian Day. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. It is now called National Native American Heritage Month.
Contributions from Native Americans span everything from arts and literature, to business, as evidenced by the fact there are roughly 236,000 Native American-owned businesses, which collectively generate $35 billion in economic activity annually.
If you are an American Indian or Alaska Native or a tribal-owned enterprise, here are some government resources to help you begin or grow your business.