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 […]

Customer feature: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

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In the heart of Evanston, Illinois, nestled within the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, lies a hidden gem – the Mitchell Museum Gift Shop. The shop stands as a beacon of empowerment and resilience, showcasing the talents of Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists from across the U.S. The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, a […]

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

Photo of Aaron LaPointe in a black hat and black shirt and jeans. There is a field of corn in the background. The left side of the photo features the NCAIED 40 Under 40 logo.

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 […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Bryce Michael Edward Stevenson

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Name: Bryce Michael Edward Stevenson Location: Mooingwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island) Education: Associate of Art in Graphic Design; Bachelor of Art in Indigenous Literature/Creative Writing; Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Law (current) Business name: Miijim Tribal affiliation: Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Food has always been an issue for me. […]

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ star nominated for Best Actress at Oscars, leading Indigenous representation

Photo of Lily Gladstone in Killers of the Flower Moon. She is sitting in a chair near a window. Her hair is pulled back and she has a blanket wrapped around her arms.

The film “Killers of the Flower Moon” received 10 nominations, including a nod for Best Picture, during the announcement of the Academy Award nominees in late January. Screenwriter Eric Roth and Director Martin Scorsese adapted their screenplay from David Grann’s nonfiction book by the same name, published in 2017. The narrative unfolds in 1920s Oklahoma, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Jacques T. Watso

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Name: Jacques T. Watso Location: Odanak Education/background: Carpenter by trade Business name: SagamitĂ© Watso Tribal affiliation: Abenaki Nation of Odanak What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Discovering and cultivating a passion for indigenous foods is often a unique and personal journey shaped by various factors. In my case I was raised with a […]

Savor the season with these three easy autumn squash recipes

Variety of colors of squash

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

Headshot of owner Kerri Knight in navy blue top

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 […]

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 […]

Types of corn and how to use them

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  The early cultivation of corn made a huge impact on Native people. Not only did corn feed many people, but it didn’t require hunting, fishing, trapping or gathering. Growing corn could be done from home. This freed up time to […]

Easy snacks with roasted local seeds

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Seeds of local vegetables such as squash, pumpkin, sunflower and maple make a delicious, healthy snack when roasted. They can also be used in sweets such as cookies and granola, or as a garnish for salads and soups. Once roasted, […]

Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company

Bryon and Kyle White

Yaupon Brothers American Tea Company was founded in 2012 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, by brothers Bryon and Kyle White.  Bryon, who has a background working in law enforcement, said he has always been a plant enthusiast and is part of the Florida Native Plant Society. When he started diving into the story of Yaupon, […]

Bee pollen: What is it and how do I use it?

Ioway Bee Farms bee pollen

Most of us know about the health benefits of raw, organic honey products. But what about bee pollen? What is it and how can it be used? Bee pollen is a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, wax, honey and bee secretions. Honey bees collect pollen from wild plants and flowers and bring it back […]

Wild greens to forage for indigenous recipes

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Many people don’t know that wild greens such as dandelion greens, purslane and plantain can be used in various recipes. These plants are typically picked from lawns and considered nuisances, but many wild greens are packed with healthful vitamins and […]

Takelma Roasting Company

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Takelma Roasting Company was founded in 2017 and is owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe, which is located in Southwestern Oregon. Takelma is the traditional language of the Tribe, and is only spoken in that region.  The Tribe launched the company after realizing how much they were spending to supply […]

Ramona Farms

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Ramona and Terry Button began farming in 1974 on a ten-acre allotment near Sacaton, Arizona, on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Their first crops included barley and alfalfa; the Ramona Farms line of products has since grown to include wheat and corn products, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans and Tepary beans. Ramona’s father, Francisco ‘Chiigo’ […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Crystal Wahpepah

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  Name: Crystal Wahpepah Location: Oakland, California Business name: Owner, Wahpepah’s Kitchen Tribe: Kickapoo  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I always loved Native foods and I got to cook at a young age with family. It came so natural for me to be in the kitchen, like it was my gateway to […]

CatSpring Yaupon

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Native herbs and seasonings to keep on hand

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This post is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman  Keep these herbs and seasonings in your pantry to add flavor and depth to your indigenous recipes.Some of these grow in the wild and can be foraged. For those that aren’t available, visit your local organic market or health food […]

How to cook with Tepary beans

variety of Tepary beans

SweetGrass Trading Company is proud to offer a variety of black, brown and white Tepary beans from Ramona Farms in Sacaton, AZ. 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 […]

Indigenous cookbooks to add to your reading list

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Looking for inspiration on how to cook indigenous recipes? We’ve compiled a list to help you begin. Check out the cookbooks below (in no particular order) for indigenous recipes, cooking tips and tricks, and even traditional stories! Keep in mind there are many other authorized indigenous cookbooks available. These are eight to help you get […]

SeaBear Smokehouse

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SeaBear Smokehouse was founded in 1957 by fisherman Tom Savidge and his wife, Marie, in Anacortes, Washington. The pair began selling smoked salmon to local taverns and cafes and their product became quite popular.  The company, now called SeaBear Smokehouse, was originally named Specialty Seafoods. The name was changed in the early 90s to ground […]