2019 Dreamstarters

“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

Aukea Ka'aekuahiwi

Mentor Organization: Kahua Pa'a Mua, Inc.
Location: Kapaau, HI
Tribe: Native Hawaiian

Carl Petersen

Mentor Organization: The Keya Foundation
Location: Parade, SD
Tribe: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Hope Gamble

Mentor Organization: Capacity Builders, Inc.
Location: Nazlini, AZ
Tribe: Diné

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Jacob Crane

Mentor Organization: Salt Lake City Air Protectors
Location: Provo, UT
Tribe: Tsuut'ina Nation

Kevin Belin

Mentor Organization: Diné Language Teachers Association
Location: Crownpoint, NM
Tribe: Diné

David Fraser

Mentor Organization: Oyate Teca Project
Location: Kyle, SD
Tribe: Oglala Lakota

Joshua Smith

Mentor Organization: Art Maker
Location: Portsmouth, VA
Tribe: Osage Nation

Parrish Pipestem

Mentor Organization: Eastern Band of Cherokee Enterprise Development
Location: Tulsa, OK
Tribe: Eastern Band of Cherokee

Taylor Eddie

Mentor Organization: Nebo Title VI Indian Education
Location: Spanish Fork, UT
Tribe: Diné

Freddy Gipp

Mentor Organization: UNITY (United National Tribal Youth, Inc.)
Location: Lawrence, KS
Tribe: Apache Tribe of Oklahoma

"Entrepreneurship done ethically, and with giving back to one's community at heart, is an incredible tool for change within Native communities everywhere."
Joshua Smith
Ekowah Coffee

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