2022 Holiday gift guide 

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 

Saunooke's Mill Stoneground Chicken and Fish Seasoning

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 

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 

Mr. John Parker holding a bag of grits in the Saunooke's Mill store

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 […]

Three comforting recipes to try this fall 

smoked salmon pasta on red and black plate

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

Chef Joe Robbins in restaurant kitchen

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, […]

SweetGrass announces 2022 scholarship recipient 

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SweetGrass is excited to announce Grace Kennedy as the 2022 Ho-Chunk Trading Group scholarship recipient. Kennedy is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and resides in Kansas City, MO. She is a 2021 graduate of Staley High School in Kansas City.   Kennedy is a sophomore pre-nursing major at the University of Kansas with […]

Five must-try hot sauce hacks

Tomatillo salsa verde. Bowl of spicy green sauce on gray table, mexican cuisine.

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 […]

SweetGrass adds hot sauce to line of Native-made products 

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 […]

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

Chef Jessica Pamonicutt standing in front of trees and Land of Menominee sign

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 […]

 Lakota Honey Lodge 

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

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

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

Chef Amy Foote foraging produce

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 […]

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 […]

Chokecherries 101

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Chokecherries, or Prunus Virginiana,  grow on shrubs and small trees all across  the U.S., except in the deep South. They are native to North America and are in the same genus as cherries and plums. They are best known for their exciting, sour and tangy flavor. Chokecherries are one of the most widely distributed woody […]

Wrapping up 2021

It’s time to say goodbye to 2021 and make plans and set new goals for 2022! But first, we wanted to recap our year. We’ve accomplished quite a bit, and we couldn’t have done it without our loyal customers, vendors and partners!   Below, we’ve highlighted some of our biggest accomplishments that are worth celebrating. We […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Nico Albert

Name: Nico Albert  Location: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Lands (Tulsa, OK)  Education/background: Self-taught chef & caterer  Business name: Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods  Tribe: Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  As a chef, I connect and communicate through the language of food. I grew up in California and Arizona, far removed from my Cherokee community. […]

SweetGrass employees to attend Tribal food and ag conference next month

The SweetGrass team is excited to attend the 2021 Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC) Annual Conference. Last year’s conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s conference will be held at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas from Dec. 7-9.   SweetGrass employees will meet with attendees, artisans and other exhibitors to share the SweetGrass story and products, as well as discuss current trends and issues in Native food and ag.  […]

What is Native American Heritage Month?

November is National Native American Heritage Month, also called American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This serves as a time to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of Native people and honor their rich and vibrant cultures.    Both Natives and non-Natives can celebrate this month by learning more about Native culture and supporting the Native […]

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 […]

SweetGrass honors local high school graduates

SweetGrass Trading Company honored local graduates of Winnebago High School with small gifts of white sage, a Tanka bison bar and congratulatory letters. Forty-one students graduated from Winnebago High on Sunday, May 16.   The last year has been difficult for many students due to COVID-19. SweetGrass employees wanted to honor the students with a gift and acknowledge all […]

Types of corn and how to use them

various corn

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

Takelma mug, coffee bag and grinder with a natural background

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

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 […]