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HELENA, Mont. — The eight federally recognized American Indian tribes in Montana shared in a $160,000 grant program aimed at supporting Native-owned small businesses. 

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The National Congress of American Indians is offering a $140,000 grant program aimed at shoring up Native-owned small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — A team from the student chapter of the American Indigenous Business Leaders at Montana State University received top honors in a national business plan competition announced last month. 

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HELENA, Mont. — Applications are now open for a $320,000 grant program aimed at helping Native American entrepreneurs in Montana to launch or scale small businesses. 

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Loren Aragon, CEO and designer at ACONAV, a Native-owned couture fashion brand, spent the first 18 years of his life growing up on the Acoma Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. From there, his life has gone in many directions. From science to the arts, his resume is not only stacked with accomplishments, but is as diverse as one could imagine. 

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Being a small-business owner when the economy is strong is often a challenge — surviving through a pandemic turns that into an uphill battle not everyone will win. 

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Rez Rising, a website and a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users, is seeking to promote Native American small businesses on the Navajo and Hopi reservations. 

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PHOENIX, Ariz — Fashion designer Loren Aragon, a tribal citizen of the Acoma Pueblo, has been named a recipient of the AZ Apparel Foundation’s Spring 2020 Designer in Residence Accelerator Scholarship. Aragon is the founder and owner of ACONAV, a leading fashion brand in Arizona that is gaining popularity with its unique combinations of Native American culture and modern style.