12 Indigenous-Owned Businesses to Support

12 Indigenous-Owned Businesses to Support

We believe it’s essential to support Indigenous-owned businesses. Indigenous-owned businesses tend to not get as much attention as some other businesses, but Indigenous entrepreneurs are increasingly creating a diverse range of companies. Here are 12 Indigenous-owned businesses that you can support right now, from delicious chocolate to fair trade coffee.

4Kinship

4Kinship is made up of a community of hands working together to craft each unique piece and carry the stories of another time to you. They are a small team of artists and makers around the world, including Indigenous artists from Dinétah.

B. Yellowtail

B. Yellowtail is a Native American-owned fashion brand and retailer that specializes in storytelling through wearable art. Their clothing is designed by the founder Bethany Yellowtail while the #ByellowtailCollective serves as the brand initiative to support the entrepreneurial spirit of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous creators.

Bedré Fine Chocolate

Bedré Fine Chocolate is a chocolatier located in Davis, Oklahoma. Bedré Fine Chocolate remained a local staple since its founding, and in 2000, the Chickasaw Nation purchased the company and gave it new life. Building on a rich legacy and love of curating the bold and delicate flavors of chocolate, the Chickasaw Nation turned the small chocolatier into a nationally recognized luxury chocolate brand. 

Beyond Buckskin

Based out of North Dakota, Beyond Buckskin is dedicated to advancing creative small businesses located throughout rural and urban communities by providing an online store where customers can connect with Native American fashion designers and jewelry artists. The company was founded by Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa).

Birch Bark Coffee Company

Birch Bark Coffee Co. was established in March 2018 and offers organic, fair trade coffee that is SPP (The acronym of the Spanish name Simbolo de Pequeños Productores) certified and that is grown and produced by farmers that are Indigenous descendants.

Cheekbone Beauty

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 by Jennifer Harper. Based out of St. Catharines, Ontario, Cheekbone Beauty is known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products such as liquid lipsticks and complexion products including contour and highlight palettes.

Eighth Generation

Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe.  It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) — an artist, activist and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity — started customizing shoes in his living room.

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Ginew

Ginew (Gih-noo) is the only Native American-owned denim line. Using meticulously sourced materials, they incorporate elements of their Ojibwe, Oneida, & Mohican heritage to express a contemporary Native American voice through their premium apparel and accessories. Ginew is owned and operated by husband and wife, Erik and Amanda.

Indigo Arrows

Indigo Arrows is a home decor brand started by interior designer Destiny Seymour that is inspired by local Indigenous pottery patterns. All products are handcrafted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in small batches using 100% linen and eco-friendly inks.

Manitobah Mukluks

Manitobah Mukluks is an Indigenous-owned Canadian company that produces authentic mukluks, moccasins and accessories. Established in 1997 by Métis entrepreneur Sean McCormick, Manitobah was founded with a vision to build a vibrant, global brand that makes an impact in the Indigenous community. Today, the company is Canada’s fastest-growing footwear brand and a Profit-500 company.

Séka Hills

Séka Hills produces specialty foods from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. They produce varietal wines, premium olive oil and organic produce, all from the Capay Valley. Their products come to market under the brand Séka Hills, named in their Patwin language for the rolling Blue Hills of their homeland.

Sḵwálwen Botanicals

Sḵwálwen is an Indigenous skincare line incorporating respectfully harvested botanicals, organic oils, nourishing plant-derived butters and steam distilled essential oils. Handmade in small batches in the Canadian Pacific Northwest and Indigenous-owned and operated on the unceded territories of the Skwxẃu7mesh (Squamish) First Nation.

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