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First Native American Reservation Chamber of Commerce

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  • Robert Schmidt
    http://www.silverbelt.com/articles/2008/06/23/apache_moccasin/apache3.txt First Native American Reservation Chamber of Commerce Published: Monday, June 23,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2008
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      First Native American Reservation Chamber of Commerce

      Published: Monday, June 23, 2008 6:03 PM CDT

      The Business Community of San Carlos Apache Reservation has formally
      established the first Native American Reservation Based Chamber of Commerce
      in the United States.

      San Carlos business leaders met Monday, June 16, to discuss issues facing
      trade and commerce on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

      With gasoline prices at record highs, many reservation residents can not
      afford to travel long distances for needed goods and services; nor can some
      afford to commute to jobs off the reservation.

      This fact creates great opportunity for certain businesses to open and
      flourish in the San Carlos area.

      The leaders addressed the lack of dedication of the tribal government to
      effectively support and promote small businesses located with the
      reservation border.

      There are many tribal members with the entrepreneur spirit in San Carlos
      that are met with a laundry list of requirements just to apply for a
      business start up loan.

      Several of these require extensive research and studies literally
      impossible for the average citizen to complete without the assistance of an
      astute Chamber of Commerce

      Lobbying the tribal government to establish clean regulations regarding
      trade and commerce on the reservation was discussed in depth.

      Creating a ’Äútraining’Äù program for future tribal council members in
      serving their constituents was also an interesting topic. Encouraging our
      highly educated and talented professional tribal members currently living
      outside the reservation lines to move back to San Carlos will be a future
      priority for the Chamber. Providing support for reservation based small
      business owners is the focus of the group.

      The leaders moved to establish the Chamber and named a temporary board to
      conduct official business until membership is build and permanent board
      members are elected under the official by-laws of the San Carlos Area
      Chamber of Commerce.

      The Chamber will meet weekly while the organization process is underway.
      The next meeting of the group was held Monday, June 23, at the Excel
      facility in Peridot, Arizona. For more information please call (928)
      475-3213.
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