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Young American Indian Entrepreneur (YAIE)



Cover imageAmerican Indians have been entrepreneurs for generations creating crafts (e.g., jewelry, rugs, and baskets) as part of their culture. Many young American Indians are interested in becoming small business owners and continue the traditions of their elders. However, the skills needed to be a successful small businessperson are extensive.


The Young American Indian Entrepreneur Curriculum is a new tool designed to guide American Indian high school students (grades 9-12) in exploring entrepreneurship as a viable vocation and developing the skills to achieve success. Based on the content of summer programs for transition-age students held at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in Minnesota, the curriculum is grounded in the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education (NCSEE) developed by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. It can be implemented as a summer program, or its activities can become components of other courses and programs such as basic business and money management courses, transition programs, and career advising programs.


Its 61 lessons are organized into three modules:

  1. Module 1: Entrepreneurial Skills
  2. Module 2: Ready Skills
  3. Module 3: Business Functions

Each lesson is approximately 30-60 minutes in length, and the manual includes complete lesson plans and handout masters. For schools as well as business and community organizations desiring to offer it as a summer program, the curriculum manual includes planning materials to help them organize, promote, and operate their own summer program.


The Young American Indian Entrepreneur Curriculum was developed by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota and the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. (2010)


Cost: $50

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For more information contact Jana Hallas,, 612-624-7315 (phone), 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

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