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Michigan tribes explore ways to diversify economy

Michigan tribes met on Tuesday to discuss ways to expand and diversify their economies.

Several tribes are engaged in gaming. "The casino is nice, but it's just not sustainable long term," said Steve Parsons of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Associated Press reported.

To jumpstart development, the tribes are considering developing other businesses. They also want to encourage tribal members to become business owners.

William Largent, the director of Native American Affairs for the U.S. Small Business Administration, attended the event. He is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Michigan.

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Tribes seek to diversify interests beyond gaming (AP 10/20)

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