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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. 

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CHUBBUCK, Idaho — Powwow regalia are widely used across many tribes, yet the supplies to make them can sometimes be hard to find. That’s why Georgette Running Eagle launched Shokota Pow-Wow Supply LLC. 

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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.