In 2014, the Minneapolis City Council officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate and honor the heritage and invaluable present-day contributions of the Dakota, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous nations in Minnesota. In honor of this, here are some Native-owned brands you can support for Indigenous Peoples Day (and every day!).
ART & GIFTS
Birchbark Books & Native Arts is an independent Minneapolis bookstore owned by Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich, a member of the Anishinaabe tribe. It is an excellent place to find literature by Indigenous authors and jewelry, along with accessories and artwork created by local Native artisans.
Northland Visions is one of the best places in Minneapolis to find Native-made products. It doubles as a gallery and retail space, with one of the largest beading collections in the area, plus food, bath and body products, and accessories. The store is also filled with Native-made sculptures, dreamcatchers, paintings, and more, illustrating both traditional and modern Indigenous art styles.
The Woodland Crafts Gift Shop in the Minneapolis American Indian Center has apparel, beadwork, music, greeting cards, and more, all made by local Native artists.
Četáŋ Ská is the Lakota word for white hawk, in reference to the artist behind the brand. This website has earrings, necklaces, and wool blankets by celebrated artist Dyani White Hawk, whose paintings and mixed media work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Akta Lakota Museum, and many others.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Native graphic designer and artist Lucie Skjefte is collaborating with Minnetonka on the brand’s first Indigenous-designed beaded moccasin collection. The Minnetonka x Lucie Skjefte – Ziigwan Waabigwan (translates to “spring flower” in the Anishinaabe language) Moc, designed and named by Lucie, is coming out this Indigenous Peoples Day!
Delina White is the designer and artist behind the fashion brand I AM ANISHINAABE. White’s contemporary and traditional designs have been featured on runways across Minnesota, and she has been recognized for her Woodland beadwork as a 2019 5-Wings Arts Council Master Artist Awardee and as one of the Star Tribune’s 2019 Artists of the Year.
Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) from the Fond du Lac Reservation is one of the creative visionaries behind Heart Berry, a Native brand that creates beadwork, quilts, scarves, hats, jewelry, and much more. She is well known for her Ojibwe floral designs.
The NTVS is a Native apparel design company based in Brooklyn Park that features work by many Native American artists from several tribes. Shop Native-inspired streetwear including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and even baby and toddler clothes!
Hailing from the Red Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, Red Lake Nation Foods is the only American Indian tribe in the U.S. that grows and harvests wild rice on their local lands, according to their website. But wild rice is just the tip of the iceberg. Red Lake Nation Foods also has fish batter, frybread mix, wild fruit jams, and organic tea and coffee.
Native Harvest Ojibwe Products is part of the White Earth Land Recovery nonprofit, an organization dedicated to stewardship of traditional Anishinaabe lands. You can support this mission through the purchase of Native-made accessories and wild rice products like cereals, soups, and pancake mix.