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KEWA PUEBLO, N.M. — A one-woman home shopping network for Native jewelry, Jan Tenorio is invigorating the art economy on Kewa Pueblo and beyond with her marathon Facebook Live sales. 

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Navajo tribal member Crystal Dugi was diagnosed in 2014 with bipolar disorder, and she quickly realized it was going to affect her work life. Namely, struggling with the disorder would keep her at home.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A proposed investment fund for Native women has become a finalist in a nation-wide competition for millions of dollars in grant money. 

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Amanda June’s 10-year background in nonprofit work pointed her toward a gap in communication between the communities she served and the media that covered them. 

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Salty Black Sheep Creations’ COVID masks come with an extra layer of Navajo attitude. 

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sheila Cummings wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up, like many little girls of her era. It was an aspiration sprung from an early aptitude for science and math and a lifelong interest in making objects fly. 

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Even before the onset of COVID-19 had families staying in their homes for long periods of time, board gaming had started to explode in popularity. However, Native representation in the field has been sparse, at best. 

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An initiative tied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to help Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators address challenges specific to Native communities. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — In early March 2020 at a triumphant ribbon-cutting ceremony at Navajo Nation Shopping Center, Ahsaki Baa LaFrance-Chachere realized her vision of opening a beauty store on the reservation. 

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The American Indigenous Business Leaders has launched a student advisory board to help steer the nonprofit in better assisting Indigenous business students.