This case was written by Miriam R. Jorgensen for use at Oglala Lakota College; it was prepared under the direction of Professors Stephen Cornell and Joseph Kalt, co-directors of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Support was provided by the Kellogg Foundation through the Managers as Warriors Program at Oglala Lakota College. This case was designed as the basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a managerial and administrative situation. Neither is it intended as an investigative report, so certain facts may have been altered.
"…In the spring of 1986, financier Scott Bates entered into a joint venture agreement with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to organize Nebraska Sioux Lean Beef, Inc. The corporation purchased a partially defunct packing plant in the nearby, but off-reservation town of Gordon, Nebraska, a move which was to provide substantial profit for the Tribe and employment opportunities for tribal members..."