Navajo Nation Moves Green Jobs Plan Forward

In 2009, the Navajo Nation Council made history by passing the Navajo Green Economy Plan, the first green jobs legislation for a Native American tribe. Now the Navajo Green Jobs Coalition has released a Green Jobs Toolkit designed to help members of the Navajo Nation set up green businesses on the reservation.

The goals of the toolkit are to provide support and information for prospective business owners and community members on the Navajo Nation, to provide resources and basic information on starting a small business and to inspire Navajo individuals, families, schools, chapters and communities to work together in creating a Navajo green economy.

image via Navajo Green Jobs Coalition

The toolkit covers topics general to starting a new business–such as setting up a business plan and gaining mentorship support from experienced business owners–as well as topics specifics to doing business on the reservation. Also covered are avenues for Navajo tribal members to gain start-up funding for green-focused enterprises.

The “Navajo Green Jobs Toolkit: Setting up a New Green Business on the Navajo Nation” [PDF]–which includes sample business plans–is now available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.