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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.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Native Americans have always been creative people, but sometimes the business world can be daunting and intimidating. That’s where programs like New Mexico State University’s American Indian Business Enterprise (AIBE) can step in and help. 

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SEATTLE, Wash. — Tribally owned Eighth Generation hopes to scale up to bring its authentic Native American-made products to a global audience.

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Native American business incubator Change Labs has issued a call for applications for its annual cohort of entrepreneurs. 

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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.