North America’s Indigenous Can Prosper
Terrance H. Booth, Sr. Tsimshian
Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. article written on the buying power of the minorities of America stated by the year 2015 that the buying power of Alaska Native and Native American population will be at $90.4 Billion dollars. This means that from among the tribes themselves can prosper their tribal business entities by buying goods and services from among their own tribal businesses. So if all the tribes focus on buying from their tribal or Native Business entities they can bring substantial tribal wealth development to their reservation or reserve settings. Native businesses that are successful have noted “economic leakages” where the Native spending has gone off of their reserve or reservation and buying from others our poor tribal economy remains. If an economic analysis was done for a First Nations Reserve or Native American Reservation simply tracking where the dollars are spent we would see dollars being spent off the reserve or reservation that is an economic leakage.
Global indigenous like among the Jews, British, Japanese, Chinese and Indians of India their successes has been dubbed global tribalism.  Their successes stem from within and among themselves being mutually supportive and yet maintain who they are as a race and fully and strongly embracing their cultural identities. Conversely, the Alaska Native, First Nations of Canada and Native American tribes have very strong cultural identities and they can step into a new tribalism economy by formation of regional tribal business alliances.
Some of the major grocery store chains have ethnic food sections because of the diverse populations from the globe in the major cities of America. Several of the foods stem from Native Americans yet rarely do we see any Native name brand by Alaska Native, First Nations, and Native American Tribes. We do have several tribes in agriculture, growing vegetables, raising cattle and even buffalo; yet we do not see a Native labels in the grocery stores. As noted by the Jews, Japanese, Chinese and other ethnic groups we see their own ethnic stores selling their ethnic foods and benefiting their businesses because they are buying from themselves.
Serious consideration needs to take place among the Natives in agriculture to give urgent attention to creating their own food labeling for there is a high percentage of our Native population within the major cities and towns of North America. Here again, we can develop prospering ourselves by buying from our Native Owned companies. Not only create products but take full advantage of minority diversification programs and our Native food produce and products can be on the grocery store shelves or freezer displays. As it is we have the raw produce or product, we grow and harvest these produce and products and sell to buyers who reap more profits by value adding and putting their company labels on the produce or products. We do see the start of Native labeling of food products but it is a rarity to see Native food products in major grocery stores.
First Nations of Canada has taken the lead of trade missions to China. The first trade mission was in November 2008 and the second one was late May and June of this year. Both trade missions were very successful and some of the First Nations came away with signed contracts or partnerships. 
“First Nations recognize the growing importance of Asian markets, and the opportunity to seek out a competitive advantage to expand economic opportunities for First Nations and all of Canada. First Nations have innovative plans for community-based sustainable economic development and we are reaching out to partners nationally and internationally for opportunities that work for our peoples and communities,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. 
Perhaps First Nations is presenting a model to follow for Alaska Native and Native American Tribes to go down the same path and sell their raw products at higher profits for in some cases Native raw products in the past have only been sold for pennies instead of dollars. This writer has gone on a trade mission to Hong Kong and Tokyo for seafood marketing and found the Asian Business Corporation being very receptive to Alaska Native and Native American Businesses. This is one way of finally getting a fair price for our raw products.
Here again, this writer fully believes that creating Native brands from what is grown, harvested and even processed by Natives in agriculture for those in the business of growing food should give full consideration to formation of Native Grocery Stores or Native Cooperative for both on and off the reserve or reservation settings. By so doing; we stop “economic leakages” meaning a tribe having no grocery store on its reserve or reservation setting dollars spent for food goes off the reserve or reservation settings. By creation of Native owned and operated stores we keep the dollars on the reserve or reservation settings and thus start the substantial tribal wealth development.
The same for any raw product like our fisheries tribes they may lease their seafood processing plant or sell to seafood buyers the raw seafood product. The companies leasing or buying our Native seafood reaps more profits by having control of direct marketing and using their brand name. Seafood Tribes harvest and process; but have no participation in the end product that gets value-added, labeled by other companies, and tribes have no control over marketing and sales. What hurts the Natives are stuck with the established prices on what the buyers will buy the Native seafood harvest. Here again, Tribes can create their own Native labeling, can value –add and take great in roads from a Native perspective in marketing and can readily establish a Native niche marketing strategies for seafood most of the tribes have in their arts, dances, songs and stories that reflect their cultural ties to their seafood. So the huge seafood companies are brand new compared to the thousands of years our Natives have with seafood.
Natives have the raw product in any industry and yet much more profits are being made by others who buy or purchase our raw products. It is time to empower us as Natives by creation of regional tribal businesses by formation of more tribal businesses gaining full control of our raw products and us instead of other benefitting by putting our own Native label on the products that we sell to others.
In Southeast Alaska are the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian Tribes that can benefit in regional tourism industry for according to the McDowell Group, based out of Juneau, Alaska their studies on Alaska Tourism states that 35% of visitors coming to Alaska visit Southeast Alaska. Establishment of a Southeast Alaska Native Tourism for the entire Southeast Alaska for already existing is Native Tourism Programs among the Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian. Working together like having a Southeast Alaska Native Cultural Pavilions in Metlakatla, Ketchikan, Saxman, Petersburg, Wrangell, Hoonah, Angoon, Juneau, Haines, and Skagway incorporating all of the Southeast Tribes each highlighting their cultures through the Native Arts, Native Dances, Native Stories, and have large pavilions that would have amble room for dancers, arts, display rooms, art galleries, art studios and full emphasis of all of Southeast East Alaska Cultures. In off season teaching of all the cultures, language, arts, tool making and a learning cultural center for each of the Native Communities enriches us by being ourselves as Natives.
 News of the Terry College of Business, University, Sam Fahmy, November 4, 2010
 Joel Kotkin, “Tribes,” Random House, 1992