November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. One mode of action is shopping at Native-owned businesses! If financial circumstances allow, being intentional with your spending can help ensure the spread of wealth and that small businesses stay open. At a time when 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment due to the pandemic, billionaires have only gotten richer.
Let’s take a look at demographics. There are 574 federally recognized Indian tribes and 324 federally recognized American Indian reservations in the U.S. That breaks down to 6.9 million American Indian and Alaska Native people comprise the country’s population of 330 million. Despite indigenous roots, that’s just about 2 percent of the population. By 2060, the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives is supposed to increase to 10.1 million.
In 2017, American Indian and Alaska Natives operated over 60,000 farms, conducting $3.33 billion in sales from crops, livestock and poultry. Businesses had an estimated buying power of $115 billion the following year. However, the median household income for the U.S. was $57,652, while just over $40,315 for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Below is a list of Native-owned businesses, which vary from clothes to coffee to consulting. Click here to download, share and visit their websites! Also, you can check out digital events happening in November on the Native American Heritage Month website.