American Indian Law Program – CU College of Law


Robert J. Miller
Professor, Lewis and Clark University

Author of “Reservation Capitalism’’: Economic Development in Indian Country
Monday, October 15, 2012
5:00 PM at Native American Rights Fund
1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO

Professor Miller (Eastern Shawnee) is a prominent scholar in American Indian law. Before joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark Law School, Miller clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced at Stoel Rives and Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker.  Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Miller also serves as a judge for other tribal courts.

He will speak about his new book Reservation ‘Capitalism’: Economic Development in Indian Country (Praeger 2012) and sign copies.

Reservation “Capitalism”: Economic Development in Indian Country supplies the true history, present-day circumstances, and potential future of Indian communities and economics. It provides key background information on indigenous economic systems and property rights regimes in what is now the United States, and explains how the vast majority of native lands and natural resource assets were lost. The book focuses on strategies for establishing privately and publicly owned economic activities on reservations and creating economies where reservation inhabitants can be employed, live, and buy the necessities of life, thereby enabling complete tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination.

Review – “Robert Miller delivers first-rate advice on the politics, law, and economics of reservation development. Indian nations — indeed, all nations — can learn from this book’s insights. . . . Robert Miller has pulled together an impressive range of scholarly theory, real world experiences of Native leaders, and data. As a result, this book provides a mountain of sound advice to tribal, state and federal policymakers. The advice is delivered without apology by an author who lives and respects his subject.” 

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