Hosts Amy Pearl and Simon Love have a candid conversation with Native American activists, authors, entrepreneurs, and leaders, April Lemly (Cherokee), Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce and Yakama), and James Parker (Chippewa Cree).

They discuss identity as Native Americans, and challenges faced by leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. The conversation explores the limited access to resources that Indigenous people have and why community capital is important and relevant: “community capital and community organizing are fundamentally about structural political and social change.”

The effort to tear down the political and structural barriers that block Native Americans from entrepreneurship unites the guests with the hosts. The conversation also covers the issues of considering all American tribes as one people, the hundreds of different land treaties that were written,and the way in which people talk about Native Americans. This episode is the first of many to come in an ongoing conversation around identity, equity, and how entrepreneurship and community capital can be a part of a social movement.


Se-ah-dom Edmo
Coordinator, Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis & Clark College

Se-ah-dom Edmo is coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis & Clark College,director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project, and vice president ofthe Oregon Indian Education Association. Her published works include Tribal Equity Toolkit: TribalResolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country and Identity Wars: AComparative Ethical Critique of the Debate Over Indian Identity. Her tribal affiliations are Shoshone-Bannock, Yakama, and Nez Perce.

April Lemly
Marketing and Brand Services Manager, ONABEN

April oversees sales of Indianpreneurship products, maintains brand standards, and acts as social mediaguru for ONABEN. With 10 years of experience creating unique design solutions for entrepreneurs, Aprilenjoys the evolving social aspects of doing business digitally and online. From brainstorming tobranding, April’s career has touched all aspects of creative marketing and graphic design. April has aMaster of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching. April also is theowner of Kamama Flowers, a boutique floral CSA in Portland, OR.

James Parker
Executive Administrator, ONAC

James Parker is an enrolled citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana. He has dedicated his career to the betterment of Native people and other underrepresented communities by focusing his service and talents to help organizations, tribes, small businesses and individuals through investing in their success. Mr. Parker is an Innovative business owner with 15 years of experience within the informationTechnology industry, and is currently the owner of a small information technology consulting company.In addition, he currently serves as staff for the Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC). In representing ONAC, Mr. Parker seeks to strengthen and grow the economic opportunities for native communities through providing the essential support for entrepreneurs, business owners, and community partners in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

In this episode you’ll learn:


  • Why we need to put the label “Indian” in quotes
  • Labels, names, and misnomers
  • The definition of the word entrepreneur
  • How fostering Native American Entrepreneurs presents unique challenges
  • The definition of “ceded” and the misconception that Native Americans sold their land
  • The importance focusing on communities that have been underserved
  • Why we can’t lump all of the diverse Native American tribes together
  • The role of the Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)


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