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Last summer, the normally swarming ports of Southeast Alaska were stripped of the cruise ships that are an essential part of the state’s economic ecosystem. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minnesota arts scene led by people of color just got a $12.6 million investment boon.

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Author Angeline Boulley is on deadline, staring down a book tour, signings, and production and script consulting for an upcoming streamer. All during a mostly socially-distanced worldwide pandemic. And in the middle of writing her next book, which is due in 10 months.

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When N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie burst onto the literary scene in their respective eras, they were widely celebrated for their unique gifts of prose. The authors made money via their passions, tasted fame and became symbols of Indian success in mainstream America. 

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A federal grand jury has indicted a Texas man over allegations that he sold fake Native American jewelry via a popular e-commerce platform.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Navajo and Laguna Pueblo artist Steven Yazzie applied for the prestigious Eiteljorg Contemporary Arts Fellowship at least three times since the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis started the program in 1999. 

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Native art forgery and appropriation have cheated authentic creators out of compensation and cheapened the value of Indigenous art for ages. 

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It’s a new season of opportunity for Native artists and entrepreneurs. 

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Plains will pop back into in-person art and culture appreciation and accumulation this July.

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With this year’s art market season promising to be as wild and unpredictable as the last, artists and museum and market professionals are plunging in with a year’s worth of experience in pivoting, navigating and developing virtual events. At this pivotal moment, Tribal Business News is checking in with five veteran art market organizers and artists about their expectations and approaches to this year’s Native art market season. In today’s installment, we talk with artist and fashion designer Michelle Tsosie Sisneros, who creates glam Pueblo couture and sleek, modern streetwear adapted from her paintings.