Indian Affairs | Division of Economic Development

Division of Economic Development

The Division of Economic Development works to bring jobs to reservations, foster sustainable reservation economies, and empower Indian nations to determine their economic futures.

We do this by:

  • Training Indian entrepreneurs and tribal business leaders/CEOs;
  • Linking Tribes with U.S. businesses wishing to relocate on reservations and hire tribal members;
  • Assisting Tribes to establish the legal infrastructure needed for economic progress;
  • Linking Tribes and tribal businesses with U.S. graduate schools to perform economic feasibility studies and long-term, strategic, reservation-wide economic development plans;
  • Assisting Tribes to protect their cultural patrimony and intellectual property;
  • Encouraging preservation of indigenous economic traditions and values;
  • Providing entrepreneurial and financial literacy training for Native youth; and,
  • Assisting Tribes to develop computer technology centers and training for e-commerce.

Tribal Business Structure Handbook

USDA Rural Development –Direct Loans and Grants (Rural Development Program Summary)


Indian Entrepreneurs and Native business men and women, click below:

          Native Business Development


Tribal leaders, click below:

          Rebuilding Nations

          Building Tribal Business Capacity

          Preserving Tribal Economic Traditions and Values


Corporations interested in moving operations to Indian Country, click below:

          Corporate Outreach