The 𐒻𐓥𐓣𐓥𐓘𐓷𐓣͘ (Ihkihkawi) Microenterprise Development program, a Dreamstarter Incubator project, has provided micro-loans to four Native American business-owners and entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. One was recently awarded to Jordan Garza, of Native Unlimited in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Native Unlimited in Tulsa, Oklahoma was founded in May 2022 focused on providing authentic Native American crafts and art to the general public, says owner/operator Jordan Garza.
In her request for a $5,000 Microenterprise Development loan, Jordan stated funds would be used to purchase tables, display cases, a used enclosed trailer and some retail products and supplies to start her mobile vendor’s market.
“Our mission is to spread cultural awareness outside of just the way a Native American may look,” she said. “We believe culture and heritage runs deeper than the color of your skin and the length of your hair.”
She said she will offer beadwork, belts, breastplates, portions of regalia, t-shirts, and other items sought after by the Native American community.
“We want to be a bridge for Native American people who want to get acquainted and educated about their culture and don’t know where to start.
“We want to keep the culture alive and open doors for other Native American people searching for a place to belong and learn.”
Jordan’s business plan is to set up vendor booths at powwows.
“My family and I travel to an average two powwows a month, and it is my dream to be able to set up a vendor booth at future powwows to serve the Native American communities needs and help provide for my family.”