Nominate Someone Today! It’s easy!

Do you know a person or business who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the Native owned business community?

The Bear Award is given to a person or business or group who has been an advocate for the Native business community. Do you know someone who has been an advocate for Native businesses? Past winners include Dave Bonga from the Kalispell Tribe and Shivon Brite. Both have been quietly supporting businesses in Indian country.   If you know someone who does not get enough recognition then nominate them. It’s free and easy to nominate them. Simply go to THIS website and send in your nomination. We will then process your nomination. (The Bear in Native culture is often recognized as a protector of the little ones in the forest.)

Salmon Award is given to a person or business or group who has gone out of their way to buy Native. This can be a person or a business or an organization. Maybe you know a purchasing agent with a business or organization who tries to support Native owned businesses by purchasing Native products or services. Past winners include Wild Horse Casino and Resort and Gary George and Charlene “Sam” Wilson. Both were recognized for going out of their way to try to purchase Native products and services. We often encourage others to “Buy Native,” so now let’s recognize and celebrate people who do. Please go to this WEBLINK and make your nomination online. (In the Northwest Native culture the Salmon is recognized as providing for our people. He gives of himself. He is trade for our people.)

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Nominate Your Favorite Native Business of the Year!

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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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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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A Most Awesome Event Cometh!

Native Business Awards Gala With Grammy Nominee Randy Wood!

November 21st, Northern Quest Resort, 5:30pm

Tickets $15 gets: Dinner, Silent Auction, Music/Entertainment, Awards Presentation

Call Damaris or Matt: (509) 634-2626, Email:

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Save the Date! Get Your Tickets Now!

Mark your calendars! Spread the word! November 21st.

Time is running out to pre-purchase your tickets for the 2nd annual Native Business Awards Gala.

Call Damaris at (509) 633-9940 to order your tickets. $15 per person or you can purchase an entire table at $12 per seat.

You get dinner, entertainment, silent auction items and of course the Native Business Awards presentation.
Pre-order your tickets today and pay for the tickets when they are delivered to your office!!!

$15.00 per ticket or $120.00 for a table that seats 10 people (Includes Buffet Dinner, Silent Auction, Awards, & Live Entertainment)
Location & Time: Northern Quest Casino at 5:30 PM

Special Guest: Randy WoodSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Randy is 2 time Grammy nominee singer, drummer, story teller. The NNDF is delighted to have Mr. Wood attend our event and provide our guests with an inspirational evening.


Special Appearance: Elizabeth Phillips

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

Ms. Phillips is a female MMA Fighter who has been featured in two UFC fights just this year. She is an up and coming talent from Indian Country and was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation. A true inspiration of dedication discipline for the youth of our region.

To pre-order contact Matt Pleasants at 509-634-2626 or by email

Now search for Native Owned Businesses. Officially certified through Tribal TERO.

Do you know a government purchasing agent? A local buyer? Know a city who wants to reach out and purchase products or servies from a Native American owned business? Click HERE.

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Well now you can search the Colville and Spokane Tribal TERO offices to find business who have been officially certified through their local TERO offices. Sure the State of Washington has their own Minority Owned Business certification, however businesses who have gone through the local Tribal TERO offices have to clear a higher hurdle than State or Federal minority certifications.


Simply go HERE and click on the Colville or Spokane Tribal TERO button, enter the type of business or service you are looking for and scroll through to find the Tribal member owned business.


Special Thanks To Supporters

We at the NNDF would like to thank our latest sponsor for the 2014 Native Business Awards and Gala.

Travois! Since 1995 they have been the leading housing and economic development fTravois6inancing firm in Indian Country and they have graciously agreed to be a Salmon level sponsor for the 2014 NBN Awards night.


C_Grunlose2We also want to extend a gracious “thank you” to local Native Artist Cheryl Grunlose who has donated two beautifully framed prints of her work for the silent auction. Be sure to contact Damaris at (509) 633-9940 in order to get your tickets and bid on these pieces of art.