Famous Native American Entrepreneurs Who Made It Big and Are Giving Back
The Seminole Nations and African-Americans
Seminole Nation in Florida is composed of a) Miccosukee and b) Muskogee (Muskoki) peoples and c) descendants of the black Africans that escaped slavery and joined the tribe. This group of Native Americans aided the welfare of escaping black slaves hundreds of years ago, as did Cherokee Nation and some other Native Americans. By adopting blacks into their own tribe, the Seminole offered a type of freedom, along with an opportunity for life as a tribal member, and later, to some in tribal and member-owned businesses.
The Everglades Miccosukee Tribe of Seminole Indians Constitution is locate at Constitution. This group of Native Americans planned for success. As early as 1959, it became recognized in a treaty as "Miccosukee Seminole Nation" by Cuba. In Florida, Seminole Nation owns a successful Hard Rock Cafe. In the near future, the Seminole Indian News organ is to be reactivated.
The separate Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. is a Native American group dedicated to business operations and development under leadership of the Tribal Council under their own Constitution. Headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, they state that they are the most successful business people among Native Americans in that they own the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, a number of gaming establishments, large numbers of cattle, citrus groves, museums, tobacco shops, and other businesses. Black Africans and African-American descendants have enjoyed participation in these interests within both constitutional tribes in Florida.
See the links below for more information about our successful Seminole friends.
- Rebellion: John Horse and the Black Seminoles, First Black Rebels to Beat American Slavery
Web documentary on John Horse and the Black Seminoles, first black rebels to beat American slavery and leaders of the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.
- The Seminole Tribe of Florida; Miccosukee People, and Seminoles in Oklahoma
While some readers of Native American histories state that Seminole Nation or the Seminole Tribe is not an official tribe or nation with a real name, they are both incorrect and guilty of repeating false and hurtful information.
Seminole Family in Cyress, Florida in 1916
The Blackfeet call themselves Niitsapi, the Original People, and live on 1,500,000 acres of prairie lands. Members of other tribes and some non-Native people live with them and enjoy the hospitable nature of the Blackfeet. Around the world, almost 86,000 people report full or part-Blackfeet heritage and their registered tribal roles make them one of the largest Native American Nations in North America. Living on original lands since thousands of year ago, the tribe usually calls itself Blackfeet in Montana and Blackfoot in Canada.
The Blackfeet Nation owns many successful businesses in the 2010s and its members own many more on and off the reservation. The Blackfeet are successful business people, which they attribute to the refusal to fail, supported by strong family and tribal ties and actions. How successful are they? With literally hundreds of businesses, the Blackfeet are leaders among Native North Americans in business and economic growth. Oil and natural gas leases on reservation lands form a major source of income, but businesses have includes companies involved in aviation, fine arts, tourism, entertainment, education and a number of other goods and services.
Favorite Past Business
A Blackfeet Writing Company pen is one of the best stick pens you can find. We used them in the 1960s and 1970s in school, because they never left a pesky smeared blob of ink at the beginning or the end of a word like some other pens did.
Available throughout the decade of the 1960s from the Blackfeet Nation and distributed to retail outlets such as Walgreen's and through some USAF Post Exchanges, Blackfeet pens, pencils, markers and related items became the products of an actual factory founded in 1972. The plant operated until the end of the century and closed down. From time to time, new production of pencils and pens is listed on the Internet as a fund raiser for youth (I last spotted an announcement in 2007), but these items are available on eBay rather consistently. Blackfeet Nation bought out the Lindy Pen Company in the 1990s and moved to Montana to do business until closure.
Other businesses have more than replaced the nation's income from pens and pencils, although many consumers would like the plant to be reopened.
- Blackfeet Nation - Browning, Montana
- Siyeh manages Blackfeet Enterprises in Browning Montana
Siyeh Corporation in Browning Montana manages Blackfeet Tribal Enterprises within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, adjacent to Glacier National Park.
- FBI awards Blackfeet initiative that aims to curb harmful effects of alcohol in Indian country. During January 2012, a reservation program against harmful effects of alcohol received recognition from the FBI. The number of drunken driving violations on the reservation declined from 484 in 2009 to 199 in 2010, reduced by over half.
A Portion of the Blackfeet Ancestral Lands
North Dakota Oil and Gas: The Three Affiliated Tribes
Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation Making It Big
Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation owns the massive oil and natural gas rights on the large Fort Berthold Reservation (e.g. oil boom towns Williston and New Town in North Dakota). The Bakken Oil Field is said to hold enough oil alone to fuel all of North America for decades. Already refining additional oil coming down from Alberta Province in Canada via pipeline, the MHA tribe expects a new oil refinery to begin construction just west of Makoti ND along Route 23 by Spring 2012. This is near the active Enbridge Pipelines and Canadian Pacific Rail Line.
The jobs open on reservation lands are increasing in numbers and open to anyone qualified, with many non-Natives being hired. Tribal leaders have been advocating for additional construction of additional living spaces for new workers since 2010. from Summer 2008 to Autumn 2011, the MHA Nation spent $15,000,000 on infrastructure that included new roads. An International Energy Summit was held by the MHA Energy Division in early February 2012 to discuss and plan oil and natural gas extraction, oil and gas sales, and improving the quality of life for Native and non-Native residents of North Dakota. Links below feature job listings and additional data about the oil boom.
Oil Boom Jobs For Everyone
- Where to Find Bakken Oil Boom Jobs -- 50,000% Increase
Oil was discovered in the Bakken Oil Field in 1951, but an American Oil Boom and its increasing jobs hit here at New Town and a 50-plus-mile radius after 2009. New Town, North Dakota projects 500 new oil wells by 2015 and the Unemployment Rate is in
- Where To Find RV Parks and Housing Near the North Dakota Oil Fields
Oil and Natural Gas Jobs and the services that go along with them to serve their workers are all increasing through 2020. The Oil Boom is that big. In fact, oil and gas jobs already increased in number by 50,000% in just a couple of years. Find jobs
© 2012 Patty Inglish
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