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Indigenous people and work

It’s Labor Day and we’re taking a look at Indigenous people in unexpected places and careers

The introduction of tribal gaming marked a turning point for many tribes. It’s been an economic catalyst that has launched interesting enterprises. We sat down with Victor Rocha in Las Vegas at the National Indian Gaming Association Trade Show in July. He’s the chair of the event and owner of, a website for all things gaming. He shares some big picture questions about the industry. 

It takes money to start a business. ICT producer Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, introduces us to a Native-owned venture capital firm. 

An Alaska Native scientist is breaking barriers as one of the first Inuit conservation biologists. ICT producer Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, has more. 

Indigenous designers and models are taking to the runway—all over the world. ICT producer Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, tells us more.

In Alaska, the World Eskimo Indian Olympics showcases traditional methods needed to live in the cold Alaska environment. ICT production editor Quindrea Yazzie, Diné, shows us how they turn those skills into games that people who plank for exercise would envy. 

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at

Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, is a correspondent for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @CarinaNicole7 Carina is based in Phoenix and New York. 

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a video production editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in California. 

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