Native American women also are known as Indigenous women are strong and savvy businesswomen. Clothing, beauty products, consulting, and even airline companies! You name it these women have it! Here are a few Native American Women-Owned Businesses you should support during Native American Heritage Month.
1. Native Women Lead
NATIVE WOMEN LEAD is a women-led organization that is dedicated to revolutionizing systems and inspires innovation by investing in Native Women in business. On Fridays, they host an event on their Instagram called #FeirceFemmeFridays where they feature Indigenous women’s entrepreneurial journeys. Host events like Fireside chats, Womxn of Color Unapologetically Negotiate workshops, and #EqualPayCA virtual talking circle, etc.
2. Corn Pollen Consulting LLC
CORN POLLEN CONSULTING LLC is a 100% Native American, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) dedicated to providing culturally responsive strategies for anyone looking to build community amongst Indigenous People. Their vision is to empower, educate, and support Indigenous communities to continuously work towards solving the educational, economic, political, and social justice issues facing Indian Country. Corn Pollen Consulting provides services such as planning, facilitation, design, research, presentations, logo designs, and graphic identity.
3. Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC
CHEEKBONE BEAUTY COSMETICS INC is an Indigenous-owned Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 by Jennifer Harper. Cheekbone Beauty is known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products such as liquid lipsticks and complexion products including contour, and highlight palettes. Harper considers her Anishinabe roots when it comes to Cheekbone Beauty. A less-waste line of lipsticks in 2020 called Sustain, where the purpose is to have zero-waste goals for 2023.
4. Iskwew Air
ISKWEW AIR is the first Indigenous woman-owned airline in Canada. Iskwew which is the Cree word for women! Teara Fraser is the owner; Fraser decided she wanted to be a pilot fifteen years ago. Her vision for the airline is to connect international and Indigenous communities while supporting Indigenous tourism. The airline began its services on International Women’s Day in 2019.
5. Orenda Tribe Studio
ORENDA TRIBE STUDIO is an ancestral and vintage apparel company, owned by Amy Yeung a Navajo entrepreneur. Orenda Tribe is made up of a community of hands working together to craft each unique piece; Orenda Tribe approaches the upcycling process to repurpose for the future. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they founded the Mountain Women Command Center so they can provide meals, reusable masks, PPE, and hand sanitizer to help their relatives.