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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Joey Montoya, the founder and CEO of fashion company Urban Native Era, had just returned last year from New York Fashion Week when he received an interesting product inquiry.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  Being Native American in the South has not always been widely accepted. 

That’s why entrepreneur Gowa Peshewa, who said she is of mixed Indigenous ancestry, hopes to educate her community about Native American topics and create a safe place for Native people through coffee.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Bridget O’Carroll is leveraging the virtual community she’s created around pilates into a growing new startup business. 

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Tracy Kieffer at Spokane-based Sister Sky Inc. believes Native entrepreneurship education works best coming from other Native people.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — The experience of selling snow cones at the flea market as a young “rez” boy would prove influential for Rocky Tano. 

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CORONA, Calif. — What would develop into Anderson Gould Jr.’s purpose-driven entrepreneurial idea started with a single hat emblazoned with the word “Resilient.”

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MISSOULA, Mont. — A collaboration between a pair of tribal colleges and the University of Montana aims to support Indigenous women in the state who are interested in starting or growing their own business.

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HOUSTON, Texas — Architect Jake Donaldson sees an unmet need to provide culturally appropriate design services to Native American communities. 

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — When she worked as a makeup artist during New York Fashion Week, Cece Meadows knew she needed to do something about the lack of Native representation in the beauty industry.

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. — A project four years in the making took another step toward completion in mid-November as business incubator Change Labs broke ground on its new headquarters.