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CEO Karlene Hunter featured in Indian Country Today

By Linda Crider, Director of Marketing and Communications

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In an article in the Opinion section of Indian Country Today, Valerie Taliman makes a convincing case that Native American women entrepreneurs are vital in creating economic development in Indian Country.

One of the women she highlights in the story is Karlene Hunter, CEO of Native American Natural Foods, who was one of several successful businesswomen who spoke at a recent conference of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN), held on the Fort McDowell Reservation in Arizona.

Taliman writes:

"Most people are surprised to learn there are more than 90,000 privately held companies owned by Native American women. These businesses generate more than $12 billion in annual sales and employ some 130,000 people, according to a 2004 survey by the Center for Women's Business Research."

For the full story: "Native women entrepreneurs: Good business for Indian country"

For more information about Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations: WEWIN

For more information about the survey: Center for Women's Business Research

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