One part of the self-determination theory is the expectations of tribal employment (and other programs) opportunities will provide tribal members self-determination and autonomy. Studies show that workers, who are intrinsically motivated, will overcome work barriers or other limits to achieving one’s goals. Native Americans who are more autonomous are more likely to have good success in achieving their dreams. However, the approach of the self-determination theory depends on characteristics of the incentives. The incentive is of little value if it is “depended” on Tribal employment and Federal depended programs. The problem with Tribal self-determination approaches is “Salient Culture Values” stay on the reservations. Then Tribal cultural values stop when the Native person enters the Western dominant cultural mainstream. Because mainstream dreams (employment, education, and so on) do not have a cultural part that is salient to a Native person. Many Tribal employment enterprises and programs that invoke autonomy re-enforce dependency, which leads to failure in the world that believes Western culture is superior to Indian people’s culture.
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