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FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. — Sarah Howes smiles as she sits in a garage full of art supplies, excitedly discussing the mentorship that grew her art business from a side gig to full economic independence. 

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UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. — During a seminar given over Zoom for students at Johns Hopkins University, Justin Pioche pulls tomatoes off the vine and begins cutting them in several different ways. 

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SOLDOTNA, Alaska — The overshirt known as a qaspeq, or kuspuk, is a traditional tunic in high demand among Natives and non-Natives in Alaska.  

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BEND, Ore. — Despite a year full of challenges, Sakari Farm and its sister business Sakari Botanicals has  been thriving thanks to increased demand for traditional Native American foods.

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The American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Education Fund has launched a new program to empower Native American business owners.  

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MAXTON, N.C. — Harbert and Luther Moore started out as tobacco farmers in Robeson County, North Carolina in the 1990s. 

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TULSA, Okla. — In designing everything from buildings to furniture, architect Cray Bauxmont-Flynn wants to honor his Cherokee and Delaware heritage.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Robert Blake wants to Indian Country to seize business opportunities in the burgeoning renewable energy market. 

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TEMPE, Ariz. — JackRabbit Development is out to offer a sustainable building material and in the process use its profits to break the cycle of poverty and encourage homeownership in Indian Country.

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When Niibeis Alexa Elliot bought her first house at 21, she realized she wanted to help other people experience that same thrill.