Indigenous Economics: Our Culture is Our Strength

Indigenous Economist Rebecca Adamson is founder of Lakota Funds, the first microenterprise lender in North America and First Nations Development Institute, a nonprofit financial organization devoted to Indigenous people’s self-sufficiency. As a board member of a Wall Street Investment Firm, she embedded Indigenous principles in the formation of their groundbreaking Calvert Community Investment Notes that lend billions of dollars to local economies.

Rebecca describes the differences between Western Economies built on hyper-individualism and accumulation of money and Indigenous Economies that redefine wealth as the wellbeing of people, culture, community and Earth. She chronicles her journey and the solutions that she has founded to increase Indigenous sovereignty and financial independence.