Running Strong is excited to announce our fifth class of Dreamstarters! These 10 remarkable young people have dreams to promote entrepreneurship in their communities, and together we can make these dreams come true.
Kevin Belin (Navajo Nation)
29, Crownpoint, NM, Diné Language Teachers Association
Kevin’s dream is to help teachers revitalize and strengthen comprehension and communication of the Navajo language. Through his initiative, Hashké - Hozhó Design & Collaborative, he will create culturally relevant educational materials for the modern classroom and distribute them throughout his nation.
Jacob Crane ( Tsuut’ina Nation )
29, Provo, UT, Salt Lake City Air Protectors
Jacob’s dream is to empower young Indigenous people through video storytelling. His media production company, Arrow’s Journey Indigenous Initiative, will create a series of videos that inspire Native youth by telling the stories of other young, successful Native people. He will also create an internship opportunity for youth to gain experience in film.
Taylor Eddie (Navajo Nation)
16, Spanish Fork, UT, Nebo Title VI Indian Education
Taylor’s dream is to introduce students to agriculture as a business. She plans to expand her farm with gardens and animals, & teach youth in her community about animal husbandry, the basics of business management, and the importance of agriculture to Native communities
David Fraser (Oglala Lakota)
25, Kyle, SD, Oyate Teca Project
David’s dream is to build and open his own tire repair business in Kyle, following the footsteps of his great grandfather. His business will make these repair services more accessible in his community.
Hope Gamble (Navajo Nation)
14, Nazlini, AZ, Capacity Builders, Inc.
Hope’s dream is to use her artwork to encourage youth and help them understand Navajo culture in a new way. She will create comic strips about Navajo creation stories that address issues faced by youth in her community. She will sell them at local gas stations & grocery stores and will hold art workshops in local elementary schools.
Freddy Gipp (Apache Tribe of Oklahoma)
25, Lawrence, KS, UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc)
Freddy’s dream is to provide communities the opportunity to engage in cultural programming as a means of increasing their economic and social impacts. His business, Lead Horse, LLC, established the Powwow+ program to help communities bring in revenue by hosting powwows. He will use this grant to help launch the 2nd Annual Young Professionals Powwow+ Trade Show and Convention.
Aukea Ka’aekuahiwi (Native Hawaiian)
16, Kapaau, HI, Kahua Pa’a Mua, Inc
Aukea’s dream is to bring traditional foods to his community and engage youth in traditional food production. He will expand his business, the Swine Project, by building the infrastructure necessary to produce and sell traditional pork products. He will use and teach youth ancestral methods of meat preservation, and make this infrastructure accessible to youth who have similar interests in animal husbandry and supplying Kohala with traditional foods.
Carl Petersen (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe)
20, Parade, SD, The Keya Foundation
Carl’s dream is to operate a video game design studio on Cheyenne River and produce video games by and for Native people. They will create a game that allows players to construct a traditional Lakota tipi, with instructions and stories in Lakota. They will provide the game to schools as a tool to engage youth in learning the Lakota language and culture.
Parrish Pipestem (Eastern Band of Cherokee)
15, Tulsa, OK, Eastern Band of Cherokee Enterprise Development
Parrish’s dream is to expand his business by investing in infrastructure that will streamline his business process and in social media marketing tools. He will also use his grant to invest in other young entrepreneurs and attend training to further develop his entrepreneurial skills.
Joshua Smith (Osage Nation )
29, Portsmouth, VA, Art Maker
Joshua’s dream is to create a Native-owned, socially-conscious coffee roasting company. He will partner with existing Osage Nation organizations to distribute and sell the coffee. He plans to allocate a portion of the gross profits to education, hunger relief, and substance abuse prevention programs within the Osage Nation.