Sustainable Reservations


UVC principals have  worked on a number of projects involving Native American Tribes and organizations.

  • Sustainable consulting services: Passamaquoddy Tribe Pleasant Point
  • Consultant to US Agencies, e.g., DOI, NOC, EPA.  on various Native American issues.
  • Co-Founded the first youth tribal entrepreneurship education effort in the U.S. through NFTE First Nations
  • Advisor to the United Southern & Eastern Tribes (USET) Inc., on Leadership & Entrepreneurship
  • Advisor to the annual summit of American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL)

The design and goals of UVC’s Sustainable Reservations Projects evolved from both our practical experience working with Native Americans and our on.-going research on sustainable development.


  • Assist impoverished First Nations to improve and or accelerate sustainable business development
  • Assist First Nations to utilize Impact Investing financing to implement sustainable development projects, e.g., business development; environmental projects, etc.


  • Impact Investing (II) focuses on producing Blended Value
  • Blended Value II mobilizes and utilizes capital to both:Create positive impact on social/environmental issues, People-Planet-Profit$ and Generate financial returns to investors.
  • Blended Value II integrates traditional profit making investment & philanthropy
  • Blended Value II targets impoverished communities
  • The pool of II capital is expected to reach $1 trillion dollars by the end of the decade

The innovative design of the Sustainable Reservations project integrates the blended value of sustainable development with the potential financing from the Impact Investing sector.

For further details go to Impact Investment Venture Accelerator.


Figure 50 provides a Draft Overview for developing Sustainable Reservations.

The design of the Sustainable Reservations project draws on the cutting edge research on economic development in Indian Country by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development as reported by the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center.*

  • To provide their citizens with economic opportunities so they can support themselves and live satisfying lives in their home communities. Asked a few years ago about the impact of development on Choctaw culture and community, Philip Martin, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, responded, “Well, it used to be that everyone moved away, but now they’re all coming back.”
  • To provide Native communities with the means to pursue their own social and cultural objectives—from health care, housing, and elder and youth services to the revitalization of language and culture—on their own terms.
  • To support Native governance, empowering their nations to implement their own governance designs and carry out such central governance functions as law making and enforcement, the management of civil affairs, the management of lands and other natural resources, education, and so forth, thereby reducing crippling dependence on outside funds and decision-makers.

*{The Nature and Components of Economic Development in Indian Country (2007)}

The Sustainable Reservations project is organized as follows.

  • Level 1-Tribal members and their chosen representatives formulate and agree to support a Nation Building Economic Development Strategy that is customized to their specific conditions.
  • Level 2-One component of a Nation Building Economic Development Strategy COULD consist of developing an Entrepreneurial Pipeline to assist tribal members to develop the skills/competencies needed to start and/or manage successful businesses.
  • Level 2A- The potential components of such a Pipeline are presented here for review and discussion.Previously UVC collaborated with the United Southern & Eastern Tribal Association (USET) to design a Youth Entrepreneurial Leaders Program to orientate tribal youth on the basics of setting up a successful business.
  • Level 3-Examples of sustainable development projects related to People, Planet, Profit$ illustrate the many different projects that COULD be undertaken by a Tribe.
  • Level 4-Illustrated the range of potential services that UVC COULD provide to assist a given Tribe to develop itself as a Sustainable Reservation.
  • Level 5-The potential pool of Impact Investment capital expected to be available by the end of the decade.

Figure 48 illustrates how UVC’s Sustainable Community planning methodology could assist First nations to develop Sustainable Reservations in accordance with the Example provided by Figure 50.

UVC believes that both the Goals of Sustainable Reservations development, Figure 50, as well as UVC’s methodology conform to Native American cultural values as illustrated by Figure 49, Elements of Development, First Nations Development Institute.