Rareviews go inside the lives of those in America whose stories we don't always hear.
“What really struck me, after traveling around and seeing other places, was the isolation,” said T. David Petite, the son of a chief of the Fond Du Lac Chippewa Tribe in Wisconsin, as he recalled his childhood impressions of American Indian reservations.
“I had made a commitment and the commitment was I would go back and help Native Americans.”
Petite, an inventor and philanthropist, last year founded the Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council - a non-profit that teaches Native Americans about intellectual property rights and helps inventors bring their ideas to market.
The organization’s mission is two-fold: Help tribal communities develop a strong economic infrastructure, and give them agency over their own tribal identities.
Petite and Brad Rousseau, an inventor from the Fond Du Lac Chippewa Tribe, discussed protecting their culture while building an economic future on America’s reservations.