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Indigenous Entrepreneurs

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Skier and storyteller Connor Ryan (Hunkpapa Lakota) is always on the go these days.  

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What Dr. Len Necefer (Dine) started six years ago as a social media experiment to highlight the lack of Indigenous representation in outdoor recreation has evolved into a multi-faceted business that sells gear, tells stories, consults national brands, and advocates for Native people.

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Change Labs, a Native-run nonprofit focused, has announced its new cohort of 12 Navajo and Hopi entrepreneurs for its business incubator program

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In Mike Mojica's native Pueblo Laguna language, his name is "Bodaway," which means "fire maker."

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The pages of the family cookbook are worn and discolored, the binding held together by tape. But the recipes inside hold years of memories for Jacqueline Ahasteen (Dine) and a basis for her business. 

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Alaska Native and Aleut tribal member Jacquelyn Ingram knew maternity care was an issue in tribal communities, between frequent financial struggles to receive care, cultural gaps between Native mothers and specialists, and ailing educational resources - all of which were exacerbated by the rise of COVID-19.

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When Steven Hollabaugh (Cherokee) talks about starting his civil engineering and construction management firm at “the right time”, you don’t expect it when he defines the date:  April 14, 2020.  

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Conventional business wisdom usually says that going into business with your best pal is a surefire way to torch both the relationship and the business.  

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The University of New Mexico is launching a new kind of boot camp for Native American veterans. 

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Angelo and Jacquelene McHorse want to transport their customers to the Southwest through Bison Star Naturals, their richly scented line of natural soaps and lotions made with the region's distinct flora and fauna.