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Indigenous entrepreneurs in Arizona will receive targeted support through Native FORGE, a new University of Arizona program designed to drive economic development in the state’s 22 federally recognized tribes. 

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Lorraine Davis has had a front-row seat to observe the growth in minority-owned businesses in the Peace Garden State.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A Native-owned contractor is helping to make Milwaukee Police Department precincts a safer place for the community. 

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba — On Saturday, May 21, at the Manito Ahbee Festival, Pow Wow Pitch held the first of three in-person opportunities to participate in its four-month-long pitch competition.

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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.