Robert J. Miller


Lecture: Indigenous sovereignty relies on entrepreneurship

March 21, 2014

Entrepreneurship has an important role to play if Indigenous communities are to become sustainable sovereign communities, says Robert J. Miller.

A professor of law at Arizona State University and a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Miller will explain why at the April 4th SFU President’s Dream Colloquium public lecture, The Role of Entrepreneurship in Achieving Sovereignty for Indigenous Peoples.

Miller is a recognized expert in federal Indian law, American Indians and international law, and American Indian economic development.

He is also the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe and sits as a judge for other tribes.

During his lecture on Friday, April 4, 3:00–4:30 pm at the IRMACS theatre, Burnaby campus, he’ll talk about the many ways Indigenous entrepreneurship can help to preserve and strengthen Indigenous communities’ economies, sovereignty, culture and families.

“To truly make reserves and reservations sustainable homelands for tribal nations and cultures, we need to create economies that will develop living-wage jobs and adequate housing so that native families can live on their reserves if they wish,” says Miller.

“Creating functioning economies requires the development of a private sector to work in unison with tribal governments and their economic endeavours.”

The lecture is free, but seats are limited. Reserve your seat online.

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