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Chinook Medical Gear team
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DURANGO, Colo. — Native ownership has unlocked a sea of potential new business opportunities for Chinook Medical Gear, a maker of custom medical kits intended for use in harsh environments. 

versatile wraparound scarf
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Anishinaabe designer Delina White is still amazed by all the attention her Woodland Wraparound Scarf has attracted. 

Big Sky Soap
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SECOND MESA, Ariz. — Jennifer Himel has a goal with her company, Big Sky Soap, to ship products to every state in the nation by the end of 2021. 

Fields Hardware
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RED OAK, Okla. — Chris Goldsborough has come to know his small community on a deep level over the three years he’s owned Fields Hardware.

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TULSA, Okla. — When Lisa Stice left her job as a teacher because of health problems, she knew she needed flexibility with wherever life took her next. 

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Votan Ik and his partner Leah “Povi” Marie wear their hearts on their sleeves, so to speak.

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FOND DU LAC RESERVATION, Minn. — Sarah Howes smiles as she sits in a garage full of art supplies, excitedly discussing the mentorship that grew her art business from a side gig to full economic independence. 

Pioche Food Group
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UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. — During a seminar given over Zoom for students at Johns Hopkins University, Justin Pioche pulls tomatoes off the vine and begins cutting them in several different ways. 

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SOLDOTNA, Alaska — The overshirt known as a qaspeq, or kuspuk, is a traditional tunic in high demand among Natives and non-Natives in Alaska.  

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BEND, Ore. — Despite a year full of challenges, Sakari Farm and its sister business Sakari Botanicals has  been thriving thanks to increased demand for traditional Native American foods.