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Entrepreneurs Are Lifeblood of Pine Ridge

When I was growing up in Pine Ridge we were shown only a few pathways to success. We were told to go out and get an education and then return home to help our people.

For those of us who were lucky enough to be able to go out and earn degrees, we returned home to a place where jobs were limited and the top employers on the reservation were the tribe, BIA, IHS and the casino. The notion of taking on entrepreneurial ventures was somewhat foreign as we only had a few successful businesses operating on the reservation.

Small business development in Pine Ridge has always been stifled by the absence...