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When COVID-19 first shut down in-person commerce across North America in March 2020, Kyle St-Amour-Brennan saw Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs in his community lose their income overnight.

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PROVO, Utah — Krysten “Sissy” McDade started styling her guy friends’ closets just for fun and never thought it would turn into a successful thrifting business. 

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The Warm Springs Community Action Team’s business incubator program is finally getting off the ground — quite literally, in fact. 

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LOS, ANGELES, Calif. — Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel started the grassroots Rising Hearts organization in 2017 to better give voice to Indigenous communities. 

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BAYFIELD, Wis. — People who want to set up retail businesses on tribal lands learn fast about the need for permits and approvals from municipal, state and maybe federal departments. But they sometimes overlook an equally important review: tribal councils.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Starting with a gifted airbrush set from his parents, Jeremy Donavan Arviso drew designs on the T-shirts, backpacks and baseball caps he wore to school, which piqued the interest of his peers. 

With that modest start at age 14, Arviso (Navajo, Hopi, Pima and Tohono O’odham) was on his way to becoming a fashion designer and entrepreneur. 

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CHUBBUCK, Idaho — Powwow regalia are widely used across many tribes, yet the supplies to make them can sometimes be hard to find. That’s why Georgette Running Eagle launched Shokota Pow-Wow Supply LLC. 

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LOS ANGELES — Throughout her appearance on “Next Level Chef,” Stephanie DeSpain has made a mark with her Indigenous fusion cuisine. 

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Shauna White Bear is on a mission to take moccasins back from the cultural appropriators who stole the hand-crafted footwear from Indigenous people and continue to profit from it.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — Sam McCracken found a way to blend his passion for community and his career at footwear giant Nike into a force for good for other Native Americans.