What is sweetgrass and how is it used?

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We receive quite a few questions about our company’s name and where it comes from, so let’s dive into what sweetgrass is and what it means for the Native community. We are named after the sweetgrass plant (sometimes called buffalo grass or vanilla grass), an herb native to Eurasia and North America. Sweetgrass has been used […]

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time to wrap up Holiday gift shopping! Whether you’re shopping for a friend, family member, colleague, teacher or client, we have you covered. This year’s gift guide features some of our classic favorites as well as some exciting new items you won’t want to miss out on. Place your order by Dec. 17 to ensure […]

The Nizhoni Soap Company

The Nizhoni Soap Company was founded in July 2019 by now 12-year-old Kamia Begay. She and her parents, Rhianna Brown and the late Tom Begay, decided to start the business to share their all-natural Navajo Native American scents with the world.   Kamia is in charge of her entire brand, with the help of her mother and a handful of employees.  She makes all […]

SweetGrass supports university-led panel of residential school survivors

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In partnership with Southern Oregon University (SOU), SweetGrass recently donated small gifts to boarding school survivors and descendants who were part of a panel for SOU’s Native American Programs: Boarding School Healing Community.   SOU’s Native American Student Union and Native American Studies program have been working together since this summer to honor and bring awareness to the victims of […]

CatSpring Yaupon recognized as certified organic

One of SweetGrass Trading’s yaupon tea vendors, CatSpring Yaupon, recently became Regenerative Organic Certified. It is the first yaupon producer to do so.   Regenerative Organic Certified™ is a revolutionary new certification for food, textiles, and personal care ingredients. ROC™ farms and products meet the highest standards in the world for soil health, animal welfare, and farmworker fairness. CatSpring received certification in 2021 […]

Magic Star Sage

SweetGrass is proud to offer sage from Magic Star sage, a Cherokee-owned business from Sacramento, California. Owner Narey Keomorakoth founded the business in 1998.  Keomorakoth started the business because she wanted to share the plant medicine and its blessings. She and her family began harvesting sage on their five acres of land in Northern California. From cutting the fresh plants to handcrafting and tying the […]

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

(bio from From https://sioux-chef.com/)  Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking across the US and World for the last 30 years.  His main culinary focus has been on the revitalization and awareness of indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context.  Sherman’s cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” can be purchased in our shop.   […]

tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane Chartrand

Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi’kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand has spent the past ten years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests and express his unique personality.   The result is “tawâw: Progressive Indigenous […]

A discussion about sage

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by Molly Roe with contributions from Lewis St. Cyr, program director, HoChunk Renaissance Program  We get a lot of questions about sage at SweetGrass Trading Company, and we want to take a minute to have a discussion.   Sage is a medicine and traditionally, medicines are to be gifted. Many Native people do not condone the selling of sage, while […]

El Paso Saddleblanket Company

El Paso Saddleblanket Company began when Dusty and Bonnie Henson were traveling along Route 66 selling turquoise jewelry and Mexican saddleblankets out of the back of their old truck.  During their travels, they met a man who owned several trading posts in New Mexico. The man asked the Hensons if they were interested in manufacturing Southwest-style rugs. The Hensons took him up on the offer and […]

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Why not support Tribes across the nation while you’re at it! Whether you’re looking to treat someone to a gift box or you want something small, we have you covered.   Gifts for her   Unwind bundle  $24.99 includes: Haipazaza Phezuta Bath Bomb  Haipazaza Phezuta Huckleberry Soap Bar  Ioway Bee Farm Lip Balm – Cherry  […]

Sakari Botanicals

Spring Alaska Olson looking at plants

Sakari Botanicals was founded in 2014 by Spring Alaska Olson, under the Department of Agriculture’s USDA Inter-Tribal Agricultural Council. The word “Sakari” means “sweet” in the traditional Inupiaq language  Olson uses traditional practices she learned from her Inuit family to grow local plants, flowers and herbs and create oils, salves, teas, and more.  Olson grew […]