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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. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Angelique Broussard is on a mission to inspire Indigenous women and girls that they can become the next generation of academic, professional and entrepreneurial leaders. 

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HOUSTON, Texas — As Jake Donaldson leafed through a magazine highlighting local minority-owned businesses in the Houston, Texas area, he noticed a couple of Native American-owned firms that he had never heard of before.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Skydance Brewing Co. got its start as a member of brewing co-op in 2019. Now two and a half years and a nearly $1 million investment later, the company has moved into its own production and taproom space, and owner Jacob Keyes couldn’t be happier. 

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In the 11 years Ann McCormack ran a small business, the Nez Perce tribal member rarely saw other women who looked like her or shared her goals.