Sovereign Entrepreneurs

Discussion and reviews of Sovereign Entrepreneurs:

Choice Rated “Essential”; Outstanding Academic Title Award

Recommendation: Essential
Reviewer: N. J. Parezo, emerita, University of Arizona

Readership Level: Lower-division Undergraduates, Upper-division Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Researchers/Faculty
Interdisciplinary Subjects: Native American Studies
Subject: Social & Behavioral Sciences – Anthropology

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Native Business

Oct 22, 2019
Disruptors, Entrepreneurship, Featured, News

“Dr. Courtney Lewis Spells Out Why Small Business Owners Empower Reservation Economies, Especially During a Recession, and How Native Nations Can Support Them”

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Cherokee One Feather

BOOK REVIEW: “Sovereign Entrepreneurs” sets the groundwork for Native entrepreneurs

Sovereign Entrepreneurs ... is a must read for anyone that has a business or is looking to start one on tribal property. ” “The context of “Sovereign Entrepreneurs” covers and takes a deep dive into Cherokee culture and bridges it with our history to provide all Native Nations with a sense of self-awareness and to empower native communities. We have the power to fortify our foundational practices of both economic and political sovereignty to enrich future generations of our tribe.”

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NDN Colective

September 6, 2021

“This book is a read in progress for me, but as an entrepreneur working within Indian Country and knowing the power of small business in aiding in self-determination efforts of both communities and individual members, it has helped me feel heard more than anything. Often-times we defer to Tribal entities as the sole means of economic development, but we have community members who have the skills and drive to bolster our economies just the same and they deserve support.
Lewis does well to amplify this message, but also examines the intricacies of navigating as an Indigenous entrepreneur, perceptions surrounding it, and even implements a section in the book that opens the discussion around a one-industry reliant tribal economy. We need to be talking about this more. I’m so excited to dive further into this book, and invite others to crack open this text and read along as well.“
-Brandi Douglas, NDN Senior Communications Associate

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• Southern Anthropological Society Mooney Award winner 2019
• Finalist Western North Carolina Historical Association Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award 2020
• Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award

Back Cover

In this well-written, ethnographically interesting, and insightful book, Lewis takes readers to the heart of how individuals constitute Indigenous economies, not only via governmental institutions but also via private enterprise.–Jessica Cattelino, University of California, Los Angeles

This groundbreaking book demonstrates the creativity and cultural specificity of Native Americans who own businesses and run tribal enterprises. Lewis shows us the importance of small businesses in maintaining and strengthening the economic health of Native American communities.–Margaret Bender, Wake Forest University


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