A recent Wall Street Journal article comparing Native American programs and businesses with vastly different degrees of federal regulation found that those with independent tribal management performed better than those with highly bureaucratic federal processes.
The other side of the federal regulation comparison included the Salish-Kootenai Confederated Tribes
(SKCT) on Montana’s Flathead Reservation. The reservation successfully ran over 100 programs since 1995 when it was granted control of forestry decisions on tribal land under the Indian Self- Determination Act of 1976. The SKCT now earns $2.04 for every dollar it spends on timber management, which is almost double that of its neighbor. The Lolo National Forest
earns $1.10 for every dollar it spends.