What are some pros & cons to insourcing jobs to indian reservations instead of outsourcing to other countries?
I have asked this question in other forums . . .Why can't we insource, certain industry to people on reservations instead of sending jobs overseas? 1) Bank accounts, credit and personal information, in foreigners' hands seems like a recipe for a homeland security disaster. 2) Create jobs in some of the poorest regions of the U.S. 3) Balance resources between indian nations & keep it economically strong in our homeland 4) Restore confidence in people both on & off the reservation. 5) Common language already spoken 6) hard-working and easily trainable work force set up quickly 7) nearness to markets/ less transportation cost/customs/taxes etc. 8) local investment 9) quality of life for all Americans 10) tax incentives for businesses working with sovereign nations Can you you think of any other pros or cons? Thanks William. Interesting input about entitlement and you raise an important point about reputation. Because I know better, I become so frustrated with stereotypical notions about the "lazy, drunken, amoral, uncivilized indian". It is a harmful myth. There *are* undeniably problems with adaptation-with forced assimilation but I've known most indians to be the most honest and hard-working around. I guess people will never understand until they are forced to walk in two worlds and outside of time. IMHO, in a country where the majority is Christian and highly judgmental, casinos still serve to make indians look amoral --as if they are cheats and gamblers out for money. Rez life is HARD and not a handout or adequate compensation for a dirty deal. Indians need representation and a real solution to these problems. Thanks Sweets. I don't follow how it would be considered racist. Not all jobs on reservations are held by indians. Many casinos employ large numbers of non-indians. Yes, the sheer numbers of people in these foreign countries creates a large pool of talent at low cost but with 3.4 million jobs having been shipped offshore since 1998 there is more than enough available workforce here. Other countries also have minimum wage requirements as well as other requirements for industry. Permits, factory operations, infrastructure, training, translation, freight . . . there are all sorts of hidden costs. Add to that the fact that a lot of contracts are contingent upon bribes, and you begin to wonder how cost-effective doing business overseas actually is. I lived in Thailand for several years and have been traveling & working there for over 15. My husband was a director of one of our largest computer manufacturing facilities so I am not pulling numbers out of a hat. *chuckles at Pelagius Is this a case of the Empire Striking Back? I hear ya Mr. TwoCrows. This is why I said 'certain' industry. Perhaps call centers, etc. I'm thinking mainly white-collar type jobs, but there is no reason why certain cottage-industry jobs could not be created. The added value of being made in America as authentic indian craft at a time when health scares over manufacturing processes in countries like China does not escape me. I'm sure you are also aware of the problem with Chinese peddling American indian goods. I'm mainly thinking of eco-friendly type jobs. Solar farms perhaps and leading a trend toward NATURAL capitalism. Things that already support the indian way of life. Cradle to cradle type manufacturing, not cradle to grave industry. What better people to lead the way than those who know the land and how to manage resources in a sustainable way? You're correct about the infrastructure, but that seems minor compared with setting up infrastructure in a foreign country. Thanks Indigo. I agree. I see that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation (backed by Warren Buffet) offers business loans/grants to people around the world and is now helping indigenous groups in Australia. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/default.htm Thanks Joan and TD . . . I agree. TD ... I know better. BTW, I am guessing you are Lakota, Rosebud? If so, and you know Matostandinghigh please say hello for me :-) Michelle btw TD Yes.. I know about the Navajo lands and the Navajo Uranium radiation poisoning. I have family in New Mexico. And let's not forget Los Alamos which, during heavy rains, continues to wash radioactive waste downstream to pueblos. When I propose insourcing I am not proposing hazardous materials or factories, I would like to see sustainable enterprise.
Asked By: ♪ - 9/6/2007
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Do you want a factory in YOUR neighborhood? on YOUR ancestors grave... More
Answered By: mr.twocrows - 9/6/2007
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they speak English
Answered By: Ricky Retardo - 9/6/2007
You hit on some very good ones and this is a great question, I would expand it to areas that are deemed as economically distressed as well as native american reservations... More
Answered By: William - 9/6/2007
cons: it could be seen as being racist; indian reservations fall under a completely different governing system of their own creation; certain union and benefit requirements would need to be upheld I think and this is not the case in foreign countries; there aren't the number of people available on the reservations;
Answered By: sweets - 9/6/2007
I lack knowledge about these people, but I look forward to speaking to an 'Indian' from my own country on a 'call centre line' instead of to an Indian from India, when I want to make a booking or, indeed, a reservation.
Answered By: Pelagius - 9/6/2007
Pro: more work available on the reservations would allow more people to stay on the reservation.....inturn allowing us to stay closer to our traditional culture and keep the Indian way of life alive for future generations. All while being able to maintain a lifestyle usually not affordable to those on the res... More
Answered By: tsalagi - 9/6/2007
Would be nice if rich companies, like the financial industries, would put some of that profit into community service...maybe (for those that do have electric) start some work at home programs for poor areas like reservations and provide employees with computers and satellite internet service if they don't have the... More
Answered By: Indigo - 9/6/2007
I would be all for giving the work to the reservations. The pros would be to have more for the American Indian than just casinos which although needed at this time are really a slap in the face for Indians. Even a sales outlet on the reservation would be good. The jobs that go over seas are often times associated with... More
Answered By: joan - 9/6/2007
I have to agree with TwoCrows on this also.....People are already complaining about the casinos...(thinking we all own casino's) and getting rich and we don't all have casino's!.and we are not rich!...yes some rez's are very far from any populated cities and some do not have water even having to travel 4 miles just to... More
Answered By: T D - 9/7/2007
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