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Entrepreneurism

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Backed by a new round of federal funding, New Mexico Community Capital plans to expand a program that helps Native-owned businesses find new markets and grow as they continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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JACKSON, Miss. — Tribal Solutions Medical LLC began as an attempt to combat a glut of offshore-made personal protective equipment flowing into Indian Country in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEWBERRY, Mich. — Gina Harman landed in web design in a nontraditional way: She needed a website for her and her husband’s artwork, so she made one herself in 1999.

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CAMBRIDGE, Wis. — The creators of CBD brand Canndigenous celebrated the cannabis user’s April 20 holiday the best way they knew how: with a new product launch.

The celebration, which featured food and live music, served as the launch point for a new line of CBD oils from Canndigenous, a Native American-owned company based in Cambridge, Wis., about 25 miles east of Madison.

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DENNEHOTSO, Ariz. — Carmi Holguin wants to address the acute need for affordable housing on Navajo Nation with an Indigenous twist on the Habitat for Humanity “sweat equity” model. 

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Anishinaabe photographer Nedahness Rose Greene is currently in the nation’s capital capturing a watershed moment in Indigenous activism.  

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Game designer and Cherokee tribal member Connor Alexander put together the tabletop roleplaying game Coyote and Crow with an initial ask of $18,000 on Kickstarter.

The goal was to get the book printed and into people’s hands, and then to use profits from book sales to continue writing expansions and material for the new RPG. 

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CATOOSA, Okla. — A Native-owned company that started with humble roots has grown and evolved to design and build flight simulators for the likes of the Federal Aviation Administration and American Airlines. 

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KEWA PUEBLO, N.M. — A one-woman home shopping network for Native jewelry, Jan Tenorio is invigorating the art economy on Kewa Pueblo and beyond with her marathon Facebook Live sales. 

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Navajo tribal member Crystal Dugi was diagnosed in 2014 with bipolar disorder, and she quickly realized it was going to affect her work life. Namely, struggling with the disorder would keep her at home.