Are Native American Lands An Economic Resource or Tribal Treasure?

“How do Native American tribes develop their lands for economic gain, yet still try to maintain their Native culture?” is the question asked on Arizona State University’s news website to introduce an upcoming lecture by archaeologist Barbara Jaquay.

She will discuss “The Changing Economic Resources on Arizona’s Indian Reservations” on November 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. at ASU’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, in Phoenix.

“While no fence demarcates the boundary between the Native American reservation and a metropolitan area, a sharp boundary is readily apparent on the landscape. Since the legalization of gaming on Native American lands, land use and thus, the economic base, has changed for those tribal lands in proximity to a metropolitan area or on a major transportation corridor connecting two metropolitan areas,” Jaquay said on

“Other tribal lands must continue to develop their natural resources to attract real dollar inflow to the community and to provide jobs to tribal members. Outdoor recreational activities of camping, fishing, and hiking will always attract the outdoor enthusiast, but the economic gain is low in comparison to tribal lands near metropolitan areas which can lease their land for economic gain or build gaming facilities.”

The lecture is free but seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

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