Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at These Native-Owned Businesses

What we now call Portland and Multnomah County are the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Tualatin Kalapuya, Wasco, Molalla, Cowlitz, and Watlala bands of the Chinook, and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today, the Northwest Native Chamber is dedicated to working to advance the educational and economic opportunities for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. November is National Native American Heritage Month. You can celebrate by learning about the history, heritage, and cultures of Oregon’s Indigenous peoples and supporting Native-owned businesses. Here are just a few:

  • AlbertaMake & Mary just opened their new location on Alberta St offering not only all-natural, potent, cruelty-free, vegan, and low-waste CBD, and other botanical products but also workshops and community gatherings.
  • Central Eastside: Ice Queen creates delicious vegan paletas and ice cream sold all over Portland and now at their brick and mortar in SE Portland.
  • Columbia Corridor: Roberta Eaglehorse-Ortiz, owner of Wombyn’s Wellness Garden, is a Certified Full Circle Doula & Lactation Educator and farmer who provides site-based hands-on education in gardening, farming, and permaculture. Her passion is to serve local Native families through pregnancy & breastfeeding/infant feeding relationships & well Wombyn care.
  • Cully: Get your java fix at Bison Coffeehouse, Portland’s only Native-owned coffeehouse that serves a carefully curated roster of Native and local roasters, locally sourced beverages, and a selection of house-made baked goods.
  • Division/Clinton: Check out Coral Story Beauty, an organic makeup and Green beauty store with a large selection of natural, clean brands.
  • Hawthorne: Get some fresh ink at Tattoo 34, a tattoo studio that specializes in both flash art and high-quality, custom-drawn pieces.
  • Hollywood: Muscles + Heart Fitness Lab combines cutting-edge medical knowledge with the power of fitness, creating a unique and holistic approach to your well-being. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, seeking preventative care, or simply aiming to optimize your fitness goals, they’ve got you covered.
  • Lloyd: Find the latest styles at Cultural Blends, a clothing store specializing in local brands, rare vintage clothing, and sneakers.
  • Midway: A Bead Source carries sterling silver jewelry; both Native American-style and contemporary. They also feature tumbled stone, crystal specimens, crystal spheres and points, Tarot/Oracle decks, crystal books, greeting cards, and more.
  • Multnomah Village: Get a new do at Revive Organic Salon, an organic, ammonia-free, eco-friendly hair salon specializing in hair, skin, and nails.
  • Overlook: Stay well with Seven Circles Natural Medicine, which integrates Naturopathic, Chinese, and Primary Care Medicines and has an on-site pharmacy with tinctures, salves, topicals, and supplements.
  • Portland International: Check out No End Of (NEO), a clothing brand that combines Neo-Contemporary and traditional Indigenous designs to create gender-neutral pieces for all.
  • Williams District: For all of your naturopath health and holistic skin care needs, be sure to check in with Peach Skin Portland Healthcare
  • City-wide: In honor of Pachacutek (the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor), Indigenous Come Up provides and promotes inspiring opportunities to support healing, economic independence, and community sufficiency for survivors of government and tribal systems.
  • Online: Rose Alchemista is a skincare apothecary that offers perfumes, bath soaks, body polish, balms, and more. Hózhó Full Spectrum Creations offers incredible herbal bodycare products, specializing in pre and postnatal care. Score some fresh denim at Ginew, a Native-owned denim clothing line that incorporates elements of their Ojibwe, Oneida, and Mohican heritage into their designs. Warm up with some hot tea from Aesthete Tea, an organic, loose-leaf tea and herbal blend brand. 

This is a non-exhaustive list. There are lots of other Native-owned local businesses to support. Check out the Mercatus Buy Native Guide for more listings. Also, consider donating to the Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA) and the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA). Both organizations continue to do great work with Indigenous communities.