Veaux Speaks on Statewide Native American-Owned Business Panel

Bemidji State University’s Veronica Veaux, assistant professor of business administration, was a speaker on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Entrepreneurship and Identity: Building a Native Owned Business panel.

The panel was hosted by Chris Farrell, senior economics contributor at Marketplace,during MPR’s Conversations on the Creative Economy series. The discussion highlighted prominent Native American entrepreneurs, who spoke about how tribal ties, culture and tradition relate to building businesses.

Veaux is a citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and co-owner of DomiNative Development, a company devoted to advancing multi-sport competitiveness, especially among diverse, underrepresented populations.

Other panelists included:

  • Sarah Agaton Howes from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota. She is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, community organizer and owner of House of Howes, a business for custom-made beadwork and regalia.
  • Michael Laverdure, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He is a registered architect, a partner at DSGW Architects and president of the First American Design Studio, a Native American owned planning firm.
  • Madonna Yawakie, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She co-founded Turtle Island Communications, Inc. (TICOM) to provide telecommunication engineering and consulting services to Tribal Nations.
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