Native American Pathways

Whitehorse Entrepreneurs Present Businesses to Panel of Judges

On May 14th, 2019, students from Whitehorse High School presented their newly formed businesses to a panel of judges in hopes of receiving a cash prize. The judges included:

  • Andy Platt, Assistant Director of Office of Economic Development, San Juan County;

  • Leslie Haven Law: Manager, Wells Fargo Bank;

  • Cheryl Bowers: Blanding City Council and CFO of the San Juan Foundation; and

  • Margie Dee: Shiprock Regional Business Development Manager, Navajo Nation.

The five businesses were formed in Whitehorse High School’s entrepreneurship course, which was created as a part of the Talent Ready Utah grant awarded to Indigo Impact Initiative in August 2018. Students have been working diligently to create their own products and business plans. Last month, each business participated in a “Sell Day,” where products were sold to classmates and community members and their first ever profits were made.

Five awards, ranging from $500 to $2,000, granted by the Northern Arizona University’s Alliance Bank Economic Policy Institute’s Center for Indian Economic Development. The students will use their awards to expand their businesses this summer.

Indigo CFO Chris Kalish at Whitehorse High School on May 14th, 2019.

Indigo CFO Chris Kalish at Whitehorse High School on May 14th, 2019.

Journalism Pathways for Native American Students

In a few months, Indian Country Today, a news organization owned by the nonprofit arm of the National Congress of American Indians, will open a newsroom at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. This marks the beginning of an innovative, unique partnership that will provide students the resources to cover Native American stories but also “better serve our Native communities regionally and nationally and grow the pipeline of Native students who may be interested in a career in journalism.”

Indigo Impact Initiative has worked closely with Native American communities in San Juan County, Utah, where it has laid the foundation for several new career pathways among students. The ASU-ICT partnership is another example of progress for the Native American Community!

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