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Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Now Faces Stiff Corporate Competition


Healthy Snack Invented on Indian Reservation Now Faces Stiff Corporate Competition

Jay Walljasper

The Pine Ridge Indian reservation is not the first place you’d look for good news about creating a new kind of economy that works for everyone.

This corner of South Dakota includes several of the poorest counties in America, according to census figures. Ninety-seven percent of Pine Ridge’s Lakota Indian population lives below the federal poverty line, reports the American Indian Humanitarian Foundation. The unemployment rate is well over 50 percent.


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This is great news. Thank you. I will look for their products here in Denver.
I lived in Rapid City for some time and can attest that the conditions at Pine Ridge are in some ways unlivable. This new product could mean the difference for this reservation and we should all support them.


When I was in Oklahoma recently, I noticed that the Chickasaw had a number of tribally owned cooperative business enterprises - including a convenience store chain and a chocolate/confection factory. They and the adjacent Chocktaw have their own hospitals and healthcare networks. Of course, there are also the casinos. All these businesses are cooperatively owned with profits going to everyone in the tribe.

I’m sure there are many other examples of such tribal enterprises. I wonder why they get so little attention by the US left because in many cases they do represent the traditional Anarcho-syndicalist strategy of “building the new in the shell of the old”.


I suggest selling it in the many giftshops in tribal casinoes scattered across the US.