$1,250 Scholarship for Native Students – Deadline July 31, 2024!

The deadline for our annual $1,250 scholarship is fast approaching, offering a fantastic opportunity for Native students to finance their education. As we continue to grow our product sales, we are excited about the potential to expand the scholarship fund, providing even more opportunities for deserving students in the future. This scholarship is open to […]

Customer feature: South Dakota Art Museum Store

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The South Dakota Art Museum Store, located South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, SD, is a unique destination that enhances the cultural experience of its visitors. Abigail Gebro, the retail and visitor services coordinator, ensures that every visitor finds something special to take home, transforming a visit to the museum into a happy memory. […]

Three reasons you should use zinc oxide sunscreen

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As the summer days get hotter, protecting your skin becomes more important than ever. Among the many sunscreen options available, zinc oxide sunscreen stands out for its unique benefits. SweetGrass Trading Company is proud to offer zinc oxide sunscreen from Little Hands Hawaii, a Native Hawaiian-owned small business. Below are three reasons you should make […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Destiny Moser

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Name:  Destiny Moser Location:  Kitchener, Ontario Education/background: Honours – Specialist Chef, Liaison College Business name (if applicable): FoodZen Tribal affiliation: Ojibwe part of the Rainy River First Nations What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Here’s a bit of background: my mom was part of the Sixties Scoop, taken from her community at 4 […]

Three ways to incorporate dandelions into your home and kitchen

Wild dandelions, often seen as pesky weeds, are a versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be used in dozens of ways. Packed with vitamins and minerals, every part of the dandelion, from root to flower, offers unique flavors and health benefits. Below we’ve highlighted three innovative ways to incorporate these resilient plants into your home […]

Four Indigenous-made gifts to delight dad this Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is the perfect time to show appreciation for the special fathers and father figures in our lives with thoughtful and unique gifts. This year, consider gifting your dad gourmet treats that cater to his culinary passions. From tender bison and berry pemmican bars to savory canned seafood, mouthwatering barbecue sauce, and aromatic smoked […]

Savory Summer Treat: Pulled Pork Nachos with Navajo Mike’s Barbecue Sauce

These Pulled Pork Nachos with Navajo Mike’s Southwest Style Barbecue Sauce are a perfect summertime treat, combining the smoky, old-fashioned barbecue flavor with the homegrown taste of Arizona’s diverse herbs and spices. Ideal for casual gatherings and outdoor parties, this recipe brings a deliciously bold and vibrant twist to traditional nachos, making it a hit […]

Customer feature: Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve Gift Shop

Nestled in the heart of Oregonia, Ohio, the Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve is more than just a historical site; it’s a portal to the past and a celebration of Native American heritage. Operated by the Ohio History Connection, this treasured site has been drawing visitors since its establishment in 1891 as Ohio’s first […]

Introducing Nemi Cactus Sticks Pickled Jalapeño

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest product: Nemi Cactus Sticks Pickled Jalapeño. This unique snack is a fusion of subtle heat and refreshing tang, featuring the delightful flavors of jalapeño and pickle. Inspired by a cherished home recipe from Nemi founder Regina Trillo’s mother, these crunchy, plant-based snacks are sure to […]

Five essential products to embrace the Spring season

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Welcome to our guide to essential Spring products! From delectable snacks perfect for picnics and outdoor adventures to skincare essentials to combat dryness brought on by changing weather, we’ve curated a selection of products to enhance your Spring experience. Ioway Bee Farm Honey Honey is essential for its allergy-fighting properties and versatility. Its natural sweetness […]

Empowering Indigenous Voices: Kahara Hodges’ Inspirational Performance at the NCAA Championship

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by Rachel Walters at Tribal Tea Co. As the curtains draw to a close on another electrifying season of March Madness, the spotlight shines on a momentous occasion that transcended the bounds of sports. Amidst the thrill of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship showdown between Purdue and UConn at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, […]

Brew Battle: Unveiling the Distinct Worlds of Coffee and Loose Leaf Tea

by Rachel Walters from Tribal Tea Co.* In the realm of comforting beverages, two contenders stand out as timeless favorites – coffee and loose leaf tea. Beyond their shared status as beloved morning rituals, these brews are distinctly different, each offering a unique experience for the senses. Luckily we have a hot drink for everyone, […]

Native Scholarship Program now open for applications

We are thrilled to announce that the Native Scholarship Program by SweetGrass Trading Company, a proud member of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, is now accepting applications for the academic year of 2024-2025. About the Scholarship: -Amount: One $1,250 scholarship will be awarded annually. -Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be enrolled members of Indian Tribes and pursuing education […]

Transforming tea tins: sustainable solutions and creative possibilities with Tribal Tea Co.

by Rachel Walters at tribalteaco.com Welcome to a world where sustainability meets creativity, where every sip of tea is a journey and every tin is a vessel of possibility. Here at Tribal Tea Co., nestled within the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, our commitment to ethical sourcing and packaging extends far beyond the boundaries of our […]

Ho-Chunk, Inc., employee wins 40 Under 40 Award

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Provided by Ho-Chunk, Inc. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has awarded Aaron LaPointe, an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and business director at Ho-Chunk, Inc., its “Native American 40 Under 40 Award.” This prestigious national award recognizes Native American citizens for outstanding leadership and community contributions. It is bestowed […]

SweetGrass Trading’s sister company donates profits to local mental health organization

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Guest post by Rachel Walters at tribalteaco.com (Tribal Tea Co. is part of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc. Tribal Tea Co. is available at SweetGrass Trading Co. and tribalteaco.com.) At Tribal Tea Co., we don’t just provide tea; we offer an experience that resonates with tradition, community, and well-being. As a company deeply […]

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift with SweetGrass Trading Co.

Show your love and affection this year with our Valentine’s Day gift list, curated to enchant and delight your loved ones. From soothing teas to illuminate cozy moments, to fragrant candles casting a warm glow, and indulgent self-care gift boxes designed for ultimate relaxation, our selection encompasses heartfelt tokens for every cherished relationship. Candle gift […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Anthony L. Warrior

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Name: Anthony L. Warrior Location: Nebraska Indian Community College – Santee, NE Education/background: Bachelor of Business Management/Human Resources Business name: Warriors’ Palate Catering and Consultation Tribal affiliation: Absentee Shawnee/Mvskoke-Father; Sicangu Lakota-Mother What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I believe it started when I was a young man participating in tribal ceremonies in Oklahoma. […]

Stay on track with your 2024 New Year’s resolutions

Did you know that nearly one out of four people give up on their New Year’s resolutions within one week? Only nine percent of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions actually complete them. Let us help you stay on track this year! Some popular resolutions are to dine out less, spend more quality time with […]

Five products to keep you cozy this winter

As the winter chill sets in, creating a warm and cozy haven becomes essential for embracing the season with comfort and joy. In this curated list of five winter essentials, we explore the transformative power of SweetGrass Trading Company products to make your home inviting and warm. Whether you seek the flickering ambiance of a […]

Brewing Prosperity: The Journey of Tribal Tea Co., a Ho-Chunk Inc. Subsidiary

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by Rachel Walters at tribalteaco.com In the heartland of Nebraska, where the traditions of the Winnebago Tribe resonate through time, a unique venture has emerged – Tribal Tea Co. More than just a purveyor of exquisite teas, Tribal Tea is a testament to the vision and resilience of the Winnebago Tribe, operating under the umbrella of Ho-Chunk Inc., the […]

Five unexpected ways to use Navajo Mike’s Barbecue Sauce

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Established in 2020, Navajo Mike’s Barbecue started as a small dream in the kitchen and now has become a reality in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. Blending old-fashioned-style barbecue sauce with the homegrown taste of Arizona and diverse herbs and spices. Navajo Mike’s “Original” Southwest Style Barbecue Sauce can be used as more than a […]

Wrapping up 2023

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As we bid farewell to 2023, it is with great pride that we reflect upon the accomplishments we have made in the past twelve months. We have navigated challenges and embraced opportunities, emerging stronger and more resilient than ever. From new product launches to strategic collaborations, and a commitment to supporting Indigenous business, the efforts […]

Five facts about wild rice: A journey through culture, health, and tradition

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Rooted in a long-standing tradition with Native American communities, wild rice holds a sacred place among the Ojibwe and Menominee, ingrained in ceremonies and harvest rituals. As we uncover these five facts about wild rice, we unravel a narrative that spans centuries, reflecting its enduring importance in both cultural traditions and contemporary cuisine. Wild rice […]

Yaupon Brothers receives prestigious local award for sustainability efforts

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Yaupon Brothers American Tea Co., a SweetGrass vendor, was recently recognized with a Made in the South Award from Garden & Gun magazine. The award was given in recognition of the company’s commitment to sustainability. According to the Garden and Gun website, the Sustainability Award, “celebrates a Southern maker who has committed to conservation and […]

Customer Feature: The Museum of Native American History

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Nestled in the town of Bentonville, AR, the Museum of Native American History (MONAH) stands as a testament to the rich and diverse heritage of Native American communities across North, Central, and South America. Established in 2006, this non-profit organization has a noble mission – to make the wonders of Native American history, art, and […]

Five must-see Native American documentaries

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The month of November holds great cultural significance in the United States. It’s the time when we come together to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to honoring the rich, diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Native American people. One impactful way to engage with and learn about Native American culture is through […]

Savor the season with these three easy autumn squash recipes

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There’s no better way to celebrate the season’s embrace than by savoring the heartwarming flavors of fall. With its rich, earthy flavors and vibrant hues, squash offers a delicious canvas for creating comforting dishes that warm the soul. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, these three delicious fall squash recipes […]

Customer feature: Colorado Feed Co., LLC

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Kerri Knight is the owner of Mesa Ridge Ranch, a nonprofit livestock rescue organization in the Greenhorn Valley area of Colorado. She has accepted many animals without question and has fed and cared for a rather large herd out of her own pocket for quite some time. Often when people surrender their animals it is […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Sara Calvosa Olson

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Name: Sara Calvosa Olson Location: Huiman Coast Miwok Land (Mill Valley, CA) Education/background: Author, Chími Nu’am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen, 2023 Heyday Tribe: Karuk What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? It started very simply, I was raising my children away from Karuk community and wanted to make sure that they […]

Ho-Chunk Farms completes 2023 Indian Corn harvest

Employees of Ho Chunk Inc and members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska harvest Indian Corn Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023 in Winnebago, NE. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The annual Indian Corn harvest in Winnebago took place on September 5. The majority of the harvest took place in the Ho-Chunk Village Farmers Market area. Nearly 125 community members and Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees showed up to help with the process, which includes handpicking, husking, then blanching the corn in large pots over a fire […]

Winnebago Senior Center is selected as 2023 Summer Ho-Chunk Way recipient

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Provided by Ho-Chunk, Inc. Communications Our employees have selected the non-profit as our 2023 Summer Recipient of the Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donations Program. Last year alone, the Winnebago Senior Center served more than 10,000 meals and made countless deliveries year-round for seniors who are homebound. These meals are not only nourishing for their bodies, but […]

SweetGrass announces 2023 scholarship recipient

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SweetGrass Trading Company is excited to announce Major Elliott as the 2023 Ho-Chunk Trading Group scholarship recipient. Elliott is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and resides in Washington, DC. He is a 2021 graduate of Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ. Elliott is a junior biology major with a minor […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: David Skinner

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Name: David Skinner Location: Kemah, TX Education/background: Bacehlor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Economics, Masters of Business Administration in Finance Business name: Eculent, th_prsrv (The Preserve) Tribal affiliation: Choctaw What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I grew up in Ponca City, OK, and both sides of my family loved to […]

Five soup recipes to keep you warm this fall

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Fall equinox is upon us, and soon the air will turn crisp, the leaves will start to change beautiful colors, and you’ll crave something warm, hearty and comforting to warm your bones. Below, we’ve listed five delicious soup and stew recipes that are perfect for the autumn months. Using indigenous ingredients such as beans, wild […]

Understanding our product classifications

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SweetGrass Trading Company is dedicated to ensuring your shopping journey is delightful. Our commitment revolves around providing exquisite Native American cuisine and presents, all the while fostering other Tribal enterprises. A substantial portion of our merchandise originates from authentic Native American entrepreneurs. Some of our other products are crafted by artisans we feel are in […]

Shop these four Indigenous businesses for back-to-school essentials

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Numerous Indigenous businesses await your support this back-to-school season. Below, we’ve listed four of our favorites for everything from clothes and backpacks to stationery and makeup! For a more extensive inventory of Native-owned businesses, explore the Native Business Directory at  powwows.com. And remember to check out SweetGrass Trading Company for your essential food, gift, and […]

Five recipes that use ingredients from the garden

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Whether you have your own garden, use a community garden or buy fresh produce from a roadside stand, the recipe options using fresh garden fruits and veggies are nearly limitless. We’ve listed five recipes below using some of our favorite summer vegetables. Crunchy corn saladfull recipe at https://www.cookingclassy.com/corn-salad/ This recipe features freshly cut corn kernels, […]

2023 Ho-Chunk Trading Group Scholarship – Deadline Extended to August 15!

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There is still time to apply for the 2023 Ho-Chunk Trading Group scholarship! In response to popular demand, we have extended the application deadline to August 15, 2023. This allows more time for eligible students to submit their applications. Don’t miss this opportunity to secure the financial support you need for your educational journey! As […]

Three must-read books to add to your summer reading list

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Are you struggling to complete your summer reading goals? We have you covered with three must-read books by Indigenous authors that you won’t be able to put down! What are some of your favorite Indigenous books? Let us know in the comments! Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (2021) Firekeeper’s Daughter is a fictional story that […]

Five health benefits of extra-virgin olive oil 

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Olive oil is renowned for its potential health benefits, attributed to its rich content of monounsaturated fats and powerful antioxidants. This remarkable oil also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that further contribute to its positive effects on health.   Below are five ways that olive oil can benefit your health. Purchase your own bottle of high-quality Seka Hills […]

Vendor feature: Pemmican Patty

Patricia’s nephew Micah (left) and brother Mike (right) serve as co-founders and help with the food science and marketing aspects of the company

article from pemmicanpatty.com My name is Patricia Mabin. I am a descendant of Chief Little Thunder (Joseph Gourneau) and his father before him, Old Wild Rice, one of the earliest recorded chiefs of the Pembina/Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I began this journey when my brother Mike and I were driving home after spending […]

Five Native-made products you need for your next summer cookout

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Summertime is finally here, and it’s the perfect time for a good cookout with family and friends. Whether you’re making burgers, steaks, fish or veggies, we have some great Indigenous products that will kick your cookout up a notch. Get creative and share with us in the comments how you use your favorite SweetGrass Trading […]

Stay cool this summer with herbal iced tea 

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Last June, SweetGrass Trading launched a new line of loose-leaf herbal teas, which are now available to purchase on our website. Our herbal teas can be served hot or cold, making them the perfect refreshing beverage any time of the year.   The tea comes in six delicious flavors: alfalfa spearmint, apricot-cinnamon, cinnamon cardamom, hibiscus […]

Five health benefits of Tepary beans you probably didn’t know about

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Tepary beans have been part of the Native way of life for years. They have been cultivated for at least a thousand years by the Natives of the Sonoran Desert, the Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham people.   The Tepary bean is believed to be the world’s most drought tolerant bean; they are grown along the Gila […]

Five ways to use canned seafood

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Canned seafood, or conservas as they are known in Spain, has been a popular snack for centuries. It is a traditional part of the Spanish diet and can be found in most kitchens across the country. It is also an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, making it an ideal snack for those looking […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Andrea Murdoch

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Name: Andrea Murdoch Location: Denver Education/background: Culinary Institute of America and community members Business name and title: Founder and Chef at Four Directions CuisineTribal affiliation: Andean  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I am a transracial adoptee which means my parents do not share my ethnic or cultural background. I was living in Wisconsin when I was […]

New book available: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer 

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We are excited to now offer the book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer on our online shop.   “Braiding Sweetgrass” combines Kimmerer’s knowledge as both a botanist, and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to “embrace the notion that plants and animals are our […]

Five products to combat spring allergies 

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The weather is warming up, the birds are singing, and Spring is in the air…but so is the pollen that causes uncomfortable symptoms such as a runny, itchy nose, coughing and watery eyes. Luckily, we have quite a few products that can help relieve some of those symptoms, so you can get out and enjoy the […]

Ho-Chunk Trading Group employees attend Reservation Economic Summit 

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Five employees from Ho-Chunk Trading Group attended the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. SweetGrass Trading Company is just one company under Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.  Several other Ho-Chunk, Inc., subsidiaries were represented at the Ho-Chunk Pavilion in […]

Ho-Chunk Trading Group Scholarship application is now open

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The 2023 Ho-Chunk Trading Group Scholarship application is now open! We are proud to offer one $1,250 scholarship for an eligible Native college student who is an enrolled member of an Indian Tribe. The scholarship is awarded each year to a successful applicant to help them finance their education in a 4-year college, 2-year community or technical […]

Three Indigenous recipes to celebrate National Nutrition Month 

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March is National Nutrition Month, and we are celebrating by sharing three delicious recipes using indigenous ingredients! Throughout history, Native people have relied on a balanced diet to provide nutrition and subsistence. Beans, squash, wild berries, game, seeds and nuts are all examples of indigenous ingredients that fuel and support our bodies. Check out the […]

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development announces 40 Under 40 recipients 

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Announcement from The National Center (NCAIED)  The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced the 2023 class of Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients. The Native American 40 Under 40 awards represent the best and brightest emerging Indian Country leaders.  Every year, 40 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian […]

Honey sticks: more than just a sweet treat 

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Honey sticks are a great snack on-the-go and make a healthier alternative to processed candies. However, they can be used in a few other ways as well and are more than just a sweet treat to fulfill sugar cravings.   SweetGrass is proud to offer honey sticks from the Ioway Bee Farm in seven delicious flavors […]

SweetGrass becomes recertified as a Minority Business Enterprise  

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SweetGrass Trading Company recently received a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification from the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC) for 2023. The certification created many opportunities for growth and networking in 2022, and we are excited to see what we can accomplish as an MBE moving forward.   What is the MBE Certification?   The MBE Certification is awarded […]

Bison Star Naturals

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Bison Star Naturals was founded in 2018 by Angelo (Taos Pueblo) and Jacquelene McHorse. The husband-and-wife team met in 2007 while they were both freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Before opening Bison Star Naturals, Angelo managed a local farm and served as a wildlife ranger, while Jacquelene worked in dental offices, animal […]

Ho-Chunk Way committee presents donation to Tribal Farm

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From Ho-Chunk, Inc. Communications Congratulations to Winnebago Tribal Farm, the latest Ho-Chunk Way recipient! Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees have helped raise a record $73,000 and counting through the Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donations Program. A recent check presentation with Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees, Tribal Farm staff, and Winnebago Public School students took place at the LPTC Ag Extension classroom at […]

Five tips to healthier skin this winter 

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Dry indoor heat and low humidity levels can starve your skin of moisture and leave it feeling dull, dry and itchy. Luckily, we have several products that can help heal and moisturize your skin, helping you feel refreshed and radiant!  Refresh dull, tired skin with a blue corn face mask This Blue Corn Face Mask gently […]

SweetGrass account manager graduates from Minority Business Enterprise University  

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Molly Roe, account and brand manager at SweetGrass, recently graduated from the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC) Minority Business Enterprise University. This is the second cohort of this course, and the 12-week program was provided at no cost to certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) across Colorado, Kansas, Western Missouri, and Nebraska.  The program […]

A Guide to Native American food trucks in the U.S. 

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You might be surprised to know how many Native-owned food trucks and buses there are across the United States. From Minnesota to New Mexico to California, these spots are scattered throughout the U.S., offering Indigenous-inspired dishes, fry bread, soups and drinks! We put together a comprehensive list so you can refer to it on your next […]

Nizhóní Soaps receives Originativ Entrepreneur Award from Phoenix Suns 

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Nizhóní Soaps, a SweetGrass Trading Co. vendor, recently received the 2022-2023 Originativ Entrepreneur Award by the Phoenix Suns, presented by FirstBank.  The business was founded in July 2019 by now 14-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 […]

SweetGrass receives funds to conduct international research 

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Using funding from the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), SweetGrass Trading recently became the first company in Nebraska to conduct research with Rural Export Center Rural America’s Intelligence Service for Exporters (RAISE). The RAISE program provides rural U.S. companies with one-on-one market intelligence from a team who identifies customized industry-specific insights and contacts. SweetGrass will utilize this […]

Interview with an Indigenous Food Activist: Anthony Johnson 

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Name: Anthony Johnson Location: Seattle Education/background: University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Finance  Business name: ʔálʔal Café Tribal affiliation: Red Lake Ojibwe  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I didn’t grow up connected to my culture. I grew up in Minneapolis and, although it’s a very vibrant Native community, I was distanced from my culture due to historical […]

2022 Year in Review

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We can’t thank our loyal customers and vendors enough for the successful year we’ve had. In 2022 we were able to attend conferences, give workshops and webinars to share industry knowledge and onboard new customers from across Indian Country. Below we’ve recapped some of the best moments of the year. We wish you and yours […]

Ho-Chunk, Inc. 2023 internship application now open 

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We are now accepting applications for our 2023 Summer Internship Program, which is a full-time, paid position. Based on educational goals and interests, interns are placed across a wide range of projects and business sectors.  The Ho-Chunk, Inc. Summer Internship Program is designed to give students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs hands-on experience at […]

SweetGrass represented at annual agriculture conference 

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Account and Brand Manager Molly Roe attended the 2022 Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Annual Conference this week and represented SweetGrass Trading Company. This year’s gathering marked the 35th anniversary of the IAC and was held at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas on December 6-8.  Roe met with attendees and agricultural leaders in Indian Country […]

2022 Holiday gift guide 

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It’s time to get Holiday shopping wrapped up and we’re here to help. At SweetGrass, we have a gift for everyone – colleagues, clients, friends and family members…and even something for yourself! Below are some of our favorite gift ideas for 2022.   Gift boxes We currently have three gift box options, making it easier than ever […]

How to honor and respect Native American culture this Thanksgiving 

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This Thanksgiving, we encourage you to see the Holiday through a Native perspective. While many of us learned that the first Thanksgiving included a joyful, peaceful meal between Native people and pilgrims, that isn’t the case at all.    In reality, the assembly of the Wampanoag people and English settlers in 1621 was less about a […]

Five mouth-watering, kid-friendly recipes using Saunooke’s Mill chicken and fish seasoning 

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Saunooke’s Mill chicken and fish seasoning is made with corn flour, potato flakes, salt, pepper, onions and paprika. It contains no chemicals or preservatives. This seasoning is delicious on basically anything you can battery and bake or fry. Below we’ve highlighted a few recipe ideas that are kid-friendly, easy to make and tasty!  Chicken tenders  We’re […]

Honoring Native American Heritage Month 

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November is Native American Heritage Month! According to the National Congress of American Indians, this month is “a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to […]

Limited edition items for the Holidays 

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We have some exciting things in store for the Holiday season this year. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend, family member, colleague, or client, we have you covered. We will be offering two limited edition gifts this year. We will also have some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you won’t […]

Saunooke’s Mill 

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Established in 1975, Saunooke’s Mill is a landmark on the Cherokee Indian Reservation at the entrance to the Great Smokies National Park.  The property on which the mill sits has been in the Saunooke family for many generations.  The land was handed down to Charles Saunooke from his parents, former Principal Chief Osley Saunooke and […]

Five ways to practice self-care 

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Self-care has become a popular trend, especially among millennials. Self-care is the practice of maintaining health and well-being through activities such as reading, taking bubble baths, journaling, and any other thing the individual enjoys.    According to Psychology Today, “self-care is a continuous process of proactively considering and tending to your needs and maintaining your wellness.”  […]

Three comforting recipes to try this fall 

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When the weather gets crisp and the leaves start to fall, nothing sounds better than a cozy night at home with a warm, home cooked meal. We have plenty of great autumn recipes on our website, but below we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites. Try them and let us know how they turned out!  […]

MORE health benefits of drinking tea 

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We previously covered the potential health benefits of enjoying a cup of tea, including soothing an upset stomach, improving sleep and blood pressure and managing weight. Today, we will cover even more health benefits. What are you waiting for? Grab a cup of Tribal Tea Co. loose-leaf herbal tea and start your health journey today!  […]

Interview with an Indigenous Food Activist: Ethan Tyo

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Name: Ethan Tyo Location: Syracuse, NY Education/background: Syracuse University ’17 G’22 Project name: The AlterNative Project Tribe: Akwesasne Mohawk, Wolf Clan  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? This project and the drivers behind it came from my personal experiences growing up in a food desert where many of our traditional food sources were damaged or restricted. It wasn’t […]

Maple syrup recipes that are perfect for autumn

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There’s something about the toasty, sweet and savory taste of maple syrup that makes it the perfect addition to fall recipes and comfort food. Below, you’ll find a list of some of our favorite recipes* that utilize this versatile ingredient. Choose your favorite recipe and pick up your own bottle of Passamaquoddy Maple Syrup from […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Joe Robbins

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Name: Joe Robbins Location: Milo, Maine Education/background: Professional restaurant experience for 10+ years Business name: Executive Chef at Bissell Brothers Brewing Company Tribal affiliation: Wabanaki   What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I’ve looked up to and learned from some of the other chefs that you’ve interviewed for this series, such as Sean Sherman, Brian Yazzie and Nephi Craig. […]

Frequently Asked Questions (revisited) 

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We want to make sure our customers are always updated on the latest news and resources from SweetGrass Trading. Below, you’ll find some new FAQs, as well as ones we’ve covered in the past. Please email us at sweetgrass@sweetgrasstradingco.com if there’s anything we missed!   Are you Native owned?  Yes, we are owned by Ho-Chunk Trading […]

Why olive oil quality matters 

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Have you been using the cheaper olive oil you can find on the shelf? You might be missing out on various health benefits and better tasting food! When it comes to olive oil, quality and source matters. Below we’ve covered a few of the reasons why you shouldn’t always reach for the least expensive bottle, […]

Five must-try hot sauce hacks

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Hot sauce is one of America’s most popular condiments, and according to a recent survey by grocery delivery service Instacart, 74 percent of people eat hot sauce with their food. With different flavors, heat levels and styles, it’s no surprise this versatile ingredient is so popular.   Some of the most popular ways to use hot […]

How can tea benefit my physical health? 

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We previously covered the potential benefits enjoying a cup of tea can have on your mental health. But are there any physical benefits? And if so, what are they and how can you get the most out of your tea drinking experience? Each type of herbal tea boasts unique benefits on your health. Below we’ve […]

SweetGrass adds hot sauce to line of Native-made products 

Sakari Farms Fire Roasted Hot Sauce

SweetGrass is excited to announce a new product on our online store, Sakari Farms Fire Roasted Hot Sauce!   SweetGrass has worked with Sakari Farms (also known as Sakari Botanicals) for several years to provide items such as smoked salts, bath scrubs, salves, lotions, oils and much more to our customers.   The new Fire Roasted Hot […]

Red Lake Nation Foods

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Red Lake Nation Foods is owned and operated by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Redby, Minnesota. The company was founded in 2005 as an effort to create jobs on the reservation and support food sovereignty. SweetGrass is proud to offer Red Lake Nation Foods wild rice, pancake mix and chokecherry jelly and […]

SweetGrass joins online marketplace to connect with minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses 

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SweetGrass Trading Company recently joined the National Diversity Veteran Small Business (NDVSB) marketplace, powered by ePS, a leading provider of eMarketplace solutions, which is helping connect both federal and private organizations with diverse businesses.  As a National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), SweetGrass can now better provide Native American-made products to […]

The mental health benefits of tea 

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A warm cup of tea is the perfect way to start and end your day. Tea can help us unwind, leaving us feeling relaxed and calm. Tea can help relax your body, and it boasts several mental health benefits as well. Research is showing that enjoying a cup of your favorite tea can improve your […]

Four ways to “hack” your tea

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Does the idea of drinking tea sound about as exciting as drinking hot water filled with grass? Don’t worry…you can use these simple tea hacks to improve your tea drinking experience and make it more enjoyable! Experiment with the ideas below until you find something you like. You can shop our line of loose leaf […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Jessica L. Pamonicutt

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Name:  Jessica L. Pamonicutt Location: Chicago Education/background: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Business name: Ketapanen Kitchen Tribal affiliation: Menominee  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  I grew up in Chicago, 250 miles away from my home, my reservation, my family and my culture. When you grow up disconnected in such a way, I feel like […]

Summer skincare must-haves 

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Heat, allergies, bug bites, sunburns…the summer months may be filled with vacations and adventure, but they’re not always kind to our skin! Luckily, we have an array of products that can help keep you moisturized, cleansed and glowing through the dry summer season!  Blue corn face mask  The summer heat and humidity can clog up […]

 Lakota Honey Lodge 

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Lakota Honey Lodge products are developed by Honey Lodge Youth Enterprise, a program of the non-profit organization Lakota Youth Development (LYD). The organization is located on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota and presently includes all of Todd County within its recognized border.   Todd County ranks as the second poorest county in the U.S. […]

2022 Native Scholarship Program application now open  

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SweetGrass Trading Company is a member of Ho-Chunk Trading Group. Our mission is to help provide economic opportunity for the Winnebago Tribe. But we are also dedicated to helping other Native people get a hand up to build a better future.  We are proud to offer a Native Scholarship Program for eligible Native college students […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Jordan Rainbolt

Indigenous Chef: Jordan Rainbolt infant of brick wall. Photo is in black and white

Name: Jordan Rainbolt Location: Winston Salem, NC Education/background: Chef apprenticeship through Johnson County Community College Business name: Native Root Tribal affiliation: Cherokee  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? My mother has Native American heritage from her father’s side (Cherokee and Choctaw). Growing up, my mother taught my brother and I about Indigenous culture. I want to highlight this […]

Val’s Frybread

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from the Val’s Frybread website  In 2018 Valene Hatathlie was working towards her master’s degree from Arizona State University while holding down a full-time job.    After getting laid off from her job, Val had to find another way to pay for tuition, program fees, and books. Initially, she tried selling her woven twill rugs, but […]

Interview with a Chef and Indigenous food activist: Amy Foote

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Name: Amy Foote, Senior Area Executive Chef Location: Anchorage, Alaska Education/background: Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Health Care Environmental Services Professional, Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, Constant Learning Business name: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Nana Management Services  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I have had a passion for foraging, hunting, fishing and growing my […]

The National Center Names 2022 Native American 40 Under 40 Recipients

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from the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development   The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced the 2022 class of Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients. The Native American 40 Under 40 awards represent the best and brightest emerging Indian Country leaders. Every year, 40 American Indian, Alaska Native, […]

Five ways to use olive oil that you’ve probably never tried

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We all know that olive oil can be used as for sautéing, baking and frying foods. You may even use it to make a dipping sauce for bread and crackers or as a marinade for meat and fish. Below, we’ve listed five ways to use olive oil that you may have never heard of. Do […]

Benefits of blue corn

Blue Indian corn

Blue corn is a variety of flint corn originally grown in Mexico. It was developed by the Hopi, the Pueblo Indians of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and several southeastern U.S. tribes. Blue cornmeal is made from ground blue corn and is a staple in many indigenous dishes. It boasts several health benefits and […]

Ho-Chunk Way donates to Whirling Thunder, Youth Shelter

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Provided by Ho-Chunk, Inc.  Two Winnebago community programs recently received nearly $92,000 total in donations from Ho-Chunk, Inc. employees across the company and country.  The contributions to Whirling Thunder Wellness Center and the Winnebago Youth Shelter are through the Ho-Chunk Way Employee Donation Program, an employee initiative to make a direct and lasting difference in […]

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 […]

SweetGrass receives Minority Business Enterprise Certification

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We are excited to announce that SweetGrass Trading Company has received a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification from the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MPMSDC).    What is the MBE Certification?  The MBE Certification is awarded to businesses with at least 51 percent ownership by a minority group or individual, including United States citizens who […]