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Sheila Cummings
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sheila Cummings wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up, like many little girls of her era. It was an aspiration sprung from an early aptitude for science and math and a lifelong interest in making objects fly. 

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Even before the onset of COVID-19 had families staying in their homes for long periods of time, board gaming had started to explode in popularity. However, Native representation in the field has been sparse, at best. 

MIT SOLVE
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An initiative tied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to help Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators address challenges specific to Native communities. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — In early March 2020 at a triumphant ribbon-cutting ceremony at Navajo Nation Shopping Center, Ahsaki Baa LaFrance-Chachere realized her vision of opening a beauty store on the reservation. 

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The American Indigenous Business Leaders has launched a student advisory board to help steer the nonprofit in better assisting Indigenous business students.

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YAKAMA INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash. — In the pandemic-era marketplace, only the strongest businesses and products survive. 

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Every Friday night, it’s War Party time on the 3 Feathers Star Quilts Facebook page.

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. — As the organization continues to adapt to operating in the COVID-19 era, Native business incubator ChangeLabs has started accepting applications for its 2021 spring incubator program. 

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Navajo entrepreneur Shi-Fawn Chee is pumping out palettes as fast as she can. The themed eyeshadow collections are the must-have items in her Blended Girl Cosmetics line, and they require constant restocks. 

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NEW TOWN, N.D. — Few entrepreneurs combine commerce and community quite like Lauren Good Day.