“Never in the history of the United States has the need for our Tribal governments, state governments and our Federal government along with our market place to come together and collectively choreograph our journey into the horizon of our future.
Because of this, the urgency to prepare our tribal youth in the arena of entrepreneurship is among the most important economic development challenges we face.
The development of our young entrepreneurs must stay abreast of our communities’ economic development plans.
The businesses of the future that have a vision and mission statement that is value based and everyone commits to living those values ethically, morally, and legally and all the while protecting their bottom line, develops a strong social awareness and consciousness to empower those in need, will become the brand names of the 21st and 22nd centuries.
This is the goal and dream I have for our tribal youth who choose entrepreneurship as their contribution to their communities.” – Billy Mills
Mentor Organization: Kahua Pa'a Mua, Inc.
Location: Kapaau, HI
Tribe: Native Hawaiian
Mentor Organization: The Keya Foundation
Location: Parade, SD
Tribe: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Mentor Organization: Capacity Builders, Inc.
Location: Nazlini, AZ
Mentor Organization: Salt Lake City Air Protectors
Location: Provo, UT
Tribe: Tsuut'ina Nation
Mentor Organization: Diné Language Teachers Association
Location: Crownpoint, NM
Mentor Organization: Oyate Teca Project
Location: Kyle, SD
Tribe: Oglala Lakota
Mentor Organization: Art Maker
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Tribe: Osage Nation
Mentor Organization: Eastern Band of Cherokee Enterprise Development
Location: Tulsa, OK
Tribe: Eastern Band of Cherokee
Mentor Organization: Nebo Title VI Indian Education
Location: Spanish Fork, UT
Mentor Organization: UNITY (United National Tribal Youth, Inc.)
Location: Lawrence, KS
Tribe: Apache Tribe of Oklahoma