The cultural trends are reflecting an underlying economic and geopolitical realities. Green energy, climate change and microchip manufacturing — all of which require minerals, land and water — are putting more economic potential into the hands of Native Americans. Many of the tribes are sovereign nations that own a significant share of valuable land and resources across the country.
“Over the years, I have seen interest in Native Americans ebb and flow. Sometimes media events drive interest,” said Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, president of Known, a two-year-old financial services company that aims to put more wealth into the hands of communities of color. “Overall, however, I think our nation is now realizing the importance of connection with our indigenous cultures—to better understand our ancestral knowledge of centuries-old wisdom as well as the caretaking of our lands and the strong sense of community among our people.”