Native Americans Stake a High-Tech Claim

Some Western tribes are building info-tech outsourcing businesses as ways to create good jobs and relieve crushing poverty

In the 16th century, members of the Northern Ute tribe were the first Native Americans to acquire horses from Spaniards. Their embrace of what at the time was advanced technology in the New World changed their lives, making Northern Utes mobile and far more prosperous. That heritage of open-mindedness has served them well. Today, that same tribe is in the vanguard of a budding wave of tribal technology-outsourcing businesses popping up on reservations across the Western U.S.

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