Three recipes perfect for Holiday gatherings

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As the holiday season approaches, there’s an undeniable magic in the air, and what better way to capture and share that enchantment than with a delicious, home-cooked meal? In this festive time of year, our kitchens become the heart of our homes, filled with the enticing aromas of spices, warmth, and the promise of memorable […]

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 […]

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: Sagamité 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 […]

SweetGrass employees share their favorite products and recipes

Whether it’s the handcrafted items, the irresistible gourmet treats, or the carefully curated lifestyle products, SweetGrass Trading certainly has something for everyone. And each team member at SweetGrass has a unique preference and a favorite product they enjoy using. This Holiday season, SweetGrass team members enthusiastically share some of their favorite products and recipes with you…even […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Pinon Pine: How can I use it and what are its benefits?

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Pinon Pine has been used for thousands of years by Indigenous people. The trees grow primarily in the Southwest, especially in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Pinon Pine trees are most known for yielding edible pine nuts, a staple in Indigenous cooking.   Because Pinon Pine trees thrive in dry climates, they don’t require a […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Jordan Rainbolt

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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 […]

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 […]

Cooking with salsa: thinking beyond the tortilla chip

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When most of us think of salsa, we probably associate it with a heaping bowl of tortilla chips. Salsa is such a versatile condiment that can be used in a variety of unique, delicious ways. Here are some ideas we came up with. Order our Apple Canyon Gourmet salsa today and try some of these out, then let us know your favorite way to […]

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 […]

Comforting Native American recipes to make for Christmas dinner

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Looking to change things up for your Christmas dinner this year? Look no further! Below are three hearty, comforting Native dishes that you and your family are sure to love. Let us know what your favorite Native dish is in the comments!  “Any” bean soup  1 ½ cups washed dry beans (we recommend Ramona Farms Tepary beans)  7 cups […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Nico Albert

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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. […]

2021 Holiday Gift Guide

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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 […]

What is Native American Heritage Month?

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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 becomes member of national Native American tourism group

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SweetGrass recently became an official member of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). According to the organization’s website, “For nearly two decades, AIANTA has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to […]

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

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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?

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

Frequently Asked Questions about SweetGrass Trading Company

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What is SweetGrass Trading Company? We are an online store that offers Native American food, gifts and health and beauty products. We are a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. We are solely owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Where […]