models showcase the artwork and fashion designs of aspiring
Second left: ASU Hopi student Temera Nahsonhoya, grandaughter
of Elsie and the late Thomas Nahsonhoya
ASU recently hosted two kick-off events formally launching Inno-Nations,
a bold new program it hopes will encourage tribal entrepreneurship
and spur economic development throughout Indian Country and in places
with a high urban Native American population, like Phoenix.
Inno-Nations goal is to build a "tribal business collision community"
explained Dr. Traci Morris, American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI)
Director and Inno-Nations founder. Through creative partnerships,
resources from ASU and other community-minded organizations, she
hopes to create a physical culturally relevant location where tribal
business owners can work together, share office space and host events
and workshops for tribal start-ups to share resources.
To kick off this exciting new program, Morris hosted both a
cohort "Beyond Buckskin: Beyond Online" on March 1 and Fashioning
the Resistance: A Tribal Fashion Event on March 4 in downtown Phoenix
at The Department. Morris welcomed boutique owner Dr. Jessica R.
Metcalfe, who talked about how she grew her blog into an online
store and later into a physical brick and mortar boutique which
is located on her reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota.
Metcalfe who is Turtle Mountain Chippewa, works with over 40
artists to provide handcrafted and authentic Native American fashion
and accessories. The week culminated with a fashion show that featured
many of Metcalfe's designers with an added theme of political activism
showcasing the latest designs and logos from Jared Yazzie of OXDX.
The next event will be a First Innovations Inaugural Community
Cohort June 22-24. To learn more about Inno-Nations, visit their
website at: www.aipi.clas.asu.edu/inno-nations