Timothy Chavez: Business can help preserve tribal cultures

"As business leaders and members of our tribal communities, American Indian entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to utilize our corporate service and wellness programs in a way that extend value to and heighten awareness of the rich heritage of our tribes and nations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 236,967 Native-owned businesses in 2007. These businesses—which exclude enterprises owned by tribes and Alaska Native Regional or Village Corporations—generated more than $34 billion in receipts that year.

The concept is simple. As business leaders bound by Native American traditions and values, we should encourage corporate wellness and service programs that positively contribute to our tribal communities."

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Timothy Chavez: Honoring American Indian Heritage Through Strategic Corporate Service Planning (Indian Country Today 11/9)

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