Nominate Your Favorite Native Business of the Year!

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

2014 Gala everyone had a great time!

Do you know a Native business owner in Washington State? The Northwest? Want to see them be recognized for their products, services or successes? We are looking for three kinds of nominees.

The Advocate: Or as we call it the “Bear” award. Do you know a person or organization who has been an advocate for Native owned businesses? That person or organization who, like the bear, looks out for others. Strong, dependable. Too often these people or companies go unnoticed. We want to award them in front of hundreds of their peers. All you have to do is go to this link and provide your nomination for the Bear award.

The Purchaser: Or as we call them, the “Salmon” award. Do you know a person or business who makes a strong effort to buy from Native owned businesses? Purchase Native products or services? We are forever encouraging people to “Buy Native” and yet we very seldom actually recognize them when they do. So let’s recognize a person or business who “Buys Native.” Then go to this link and nominate your selection for the Salmon Award.

Meet last year’s award winners, L to R: Charlene Sam Wilson (Salmon Award), Connie Shaver (Eagle Award) and Shivon Brite (Bear Award)

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Online nominations HERE. Or you can email your nominations to

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First Plateau Native Art Show/Sale a huge success!


With more than a dozen of some of the best Native Artists of the Eastern Washington Region showing up the first Plateau Native Art Show ended up being a great success. Virtually every artist who made the trip to Grand Coulee Dam Washington agreed that we must do it again. There was a lot of cross-pollination learning between the artists. We had experienced art show veterans and some new faces on the art scene all in attendance.


Here Diane Covington’s paintings of the women of the plateau region were on display. This was her first art show and  she said she wants to come back again. And we at the NNDF definitely want to help her market her works in the future.

The NNDF provided a judged contest with cash prizes to the top three contestants for their work. Each artists was allowed to choose one piece of work to be judged by a three person panel. All the works were amazing and the judges had a very hard time trying to choose a winner. However the winners were:

1st Prize – Roma Tynan with an incredibly detailed and intricate necklace.

horse regalia2nd Prize – Aurolyn-Stwyer with a jaw dropping full horse regalia.

3rd Prize- Jeanne Jerred, with a full beaded bag.

Our thanks go out to the artists who participated an all will be on our “first call” list for future events.



We also want to thank the First People’s Fund for their generous support in helping to put this event on. We would not be able to do this without their help.

First Ever Plateau Native Art Show/Sale, Grand Coulee Dam


Baby Girl First PowWowWhen: July 18 & 19

Where: Grand Coulee Dam, Body By Dam parking lot across from Coulee Hardware.

Come and join us.

The Northwest Native Development Fund’s first ever Plateau Native Artists summer art show/sale. Come see works of art from artists such as Tony Esquivel and Charles Garcia and many more!

Thanks to First People’s Fund

FPF2We want to thank the First People’s Fund and their dedication to Native American Artists nationwide. The FPF recognizes the efforts of the NNDF and artists of the Plateau region and have been willing to help fund this amazing event.

Her are just a few of the amazing artists to be showing their work at this event.

  • Stefanie Zacherle-MarchandC_Grunlose2
  • Aurlyn Stwyer
  • Jeanne Jarred
  • Sylvia Irey
  • Cheryl Grunlose
  • And many more

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Calling All Artists!

What: Plateau Native Art Show/Market
When: July 18, 19
Where: Grand Coulee, Hwy 155 across from Coulee Hardware

By showing your art work you will be automatically available for judging and perhaps awarded one of three cash prizes for your award.

Want to be part of a free event in which someone else will advertise and publicize? Want to reach out to potential art buyers from outside the local region? Want to have someone else do the work of setting up and taking down the venue? Want to be at the start of a cool new vibe for Plateau Region Artists? Again, want it all at NO CHARGE?

The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) is currently coordinating a new two day out-door art show/market in Grand Coulee Dam Washington and is looking for area Native artists to come show off their talents and sell their art !

The event will take place mid-summer (July 18,19) in the heart of Grand Coulee Dam Washington. Middle July is the peak of tourist season and there will be thousands of visitors from around the State including the Puget Sound area. Bring business card, artwork and contact information.

We are looking for ten to twelve artists to fill out the FREE booths that the NNDF will set up and take down. All you will need to bring is your table and your art ! You may be sharing space with other artists. Help build the vibe!

Because the free space is limited we are seeking hard RSVP’s for this event. Call or email Rhonda St. Pierre at (509) 634-2626 or We will ask for a photo of your art and/or description of what you wish to sell. If you are not RSVP’d you will have to make room for those who have guaranteed that they will come. If you do RSVP and do not show, you will not be eligible for the end of year art awards.

By RSVP’ing and taking part in this event you will be automatically eligible for the judging and awarding for one of three cash prizes. There will be an end of year award going to 1st place $400, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100. These awards will be given out at the third annual NNDF Gala to be held in May of 2016. Another great event to be noticed and show your work.

Tell your friends, help get the word out and make this into something special ! Look forward to seeing you in July!

Native Awards Gala Draws 100’s

The 2014 Native Business Awards Gala drew hundreds of attendees.

The night was elegant, light, fun and a great way to set off the holiday season.

Here are a few pictures from the evenings event.


Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Wondering if they should "up" the bid?

Wondering if they should “up” the bid?

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