In this presentation, Bazile Panek, an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will be sharing some of the results from his ongoing research project titled, “Decolonizing Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Analysis of Cultural Beliefs and Practices in Entrepreneurship by the Anishinaabeg.” Panek combined two disciplines; Native American Studies and Entrepreneurship to shape the study’s direction.

In his book Decolonizing Wealth, Edgar Villanueva (Lumbee) states that “Money should be a tool of love, to facilitate relationships, to help us thrive than to hurt and divide us. If it’s used for sacred, life-giving, restorative purposes, it can be medicine.” This study centers the seemingly contradictory thought of “money as medicine” to examine entrepreneurial practices of the Anishinaabe people in both a historical and contemporary context. Panek analyzed texts that include accounts of such practices in addition to oral interviews he conducted with current Anishinaabe business owners to compare decolonizing practices.

This presentation will discuss findings from the ongoing study and the multiple steps needed to complete the Decolonizing Entrepreneurship project. It will include a short description of the research process, including the Indigenous research approaches used, and a brief summary of findings from the historical texts as well as the oral interviews that reveal decolonizing practices currently taking place in entrepreneurship by the Anishinaabe people.

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Native American Studies

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April Lindala

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