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John Romero remembers his first experience with program coding in a university science lab when he was 11 years old. An Arizona native who grew up in California, Romero began learning how to program on the school’s mainframe computer. 

“I ended up in this specific place and saw this massive computer. I had never seen anything like it,” Romero, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, told Tribal Business News.

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TULSA, Okla. — With the launch of a new $1 million annual incentive program, Cherokee Nation is hanging out the welcome sign for the film industry to come to its 14-county jurisdiction in northeast Oklahoma. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Verna Volker got the idea for what would become Native Women Running when she noticed that no one in the traditional media for the running community looked like her. 

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CHARLEVOIX, Mich. — Virginia Fields has spent many years selling her jewelry at powwows and other local events. However, her sales at events were not always consistent, and required a great deal of traveling from location to location. 

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — After struggling for years as Native American women in the design industry where they did not feel welcome, Eunique Lewis and Melody Yazzie have partnered to create what they’re calling an Indigenous-led social tech and art space. 

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The COVID-19 pandemic helped highlight the opportunities for tribes to diversify outside of the gaming industry. 

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Indigenous filmmaker Tracey Deer is riding a new wave of success based in part on her old Canadian comedy series, Mohawk Girls, freshly airing on Peacock TV.

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Everything old is new again. It’s a cliche worthy of the stars of HBO’s Sex and the City, who are in the middle of producing a comeback. But it’s an even more apt description of the TV comedy Mohawk Girls, whose creators describe the show as Sex and the City meets the reservation.

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As August rolled in this year, several buzzed about Indigenous-focused entertainment productions — at least three based in Oklahoma — were making major headlines. At the same time, the state’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was promoting business incentives he had recently signed into law in an attempt to increase the showbiz industry’s presence in the Sooner State. 

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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ Santa Fe Indian Market has always been an open, free event. That is, until COVID-19 forced the event online last year.