2020’s Ultimate Native-Made Holiday Gift Guide, highlighting products from several of InterTribal Buffalo Council’s 69 Member Tribes, Villages, and Pueblos across the country!
Tis the season for giving! Whether you’re doing a giveaway for your community or honoring someone special this holiday season, we have a list of thoughtful Native-made products for you to choose from. Buying from Tribal businesses, Native artisans, food producers, and specialty designers is a wonderful way to support Native communities.
We know many of you are facing hardship this year due to the pandemic. We are thinking of you and sending our warmest regards. If you are able to gift this year, please consider supporting Native economies to raise the marketing profile of Tribes.
Pilamaya – thank you – for considering these authentic products, which can be purchased online and shipped straight to you or a loved one.
Gifts for Sustenance – food & drink, a source of strength & nourishment
Coffee and Tea: The Center Pole is a Native non-profit organization located on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Help fund their alternative energy, food sovereignty, and educational projects by purchasing 8 ounces of whole bean Crow Clan Coffee for $12.00. The White Earth Land Recovery Project also sells 12oz bags of coffee, celebrating the work and legacy of Ojibwe leaders like Winona LaDuke and Chief Whole in the Day for $13.98. Sweetgrass Trading Co., a business of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s, also sells 12oz coffee for $11.00.
Teas are a traditional medicine for many native people. In fact, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma sells $10 sassafrass bundles, a plant root native to the U.S. used for tea and even root beer. The Native American Tea Company, located on the Crow Nation Reservation in Montana and owned by a family of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa members also sells a plethora of tea varieties. Lakota Made LLC, owned by Megan L. Schnitker, a Lakota woman also sells teas sourced from nettle, raspberry, mint, chamomile, and other plants.
Sweeteners: To sweeten your drink, consider sorghum, a traditional sweetener for $6.00, sold by the Seminole Nation Museum, located in Oklahoma. White Earth Nation also offers 16 oz of honey for $9.00 and 12 oz maple syrup for $14.95. The White Earth Land Recovery Project also offers ½ pint maple syrup for $8.95 and 8 oz maple butter for $9.95.
If you’re looking for a spreadable sweetener, look no further because White Earth Land Recovery Project also sells syrups and jellies starting at $7.95, as does Red Lake Nation Foods, a Native American owned company located on their reservation in Minnesota.
Wild rice and Corn: Wild rice, a traditional staple amongst many native communities (especially in the Great Lakes region) is also sold by several ITBC members, including Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation, and White Earth Nation. Rice provides a healthy mix of protein and fiber, while being low in calories. Rice also contains Manganese, an antioxidant, which plays a role in keeping the mitochondria in your cells healthy. White Earth Land Recovery Project offers half a pound of wild rice for $10.50, wild rice fry bread mix for $10.98, and even wild rice pancake mix for $9.98
Another popular staple amongst Native Americans is corn! You can purchase 1lb of Sweetgrass Indian Corn while supporting the Winnebago community. Corn is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps protect your cells from damage and disease. Corn also contains carotenoids, like lutein and zeaxanthin, that are good for eye health and even help protect against cataracts.
Fish and Buffalo: Red Lake Nation Fishery sells hand filleted and flash frozen, wild-caught walleye from their local lake. You can purchase 5lb of walleye, which is low in saturated fat with high amounts of magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin B12 for $69.95. We have tasted it before, and it’s amazing! They even ship the fresh catch-of-the-day.
Buffalo meat is also incredibly healthy. It is the leanest red protein on the market, offering omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, as well as many minerals and vitamins like iron, selenium, and B12. So provide a great snack alternative with buffalo jerky! At ITBC, we offer 1oz packages in our original or peppered flavors for $4.00/pkg, or save with a bundle at $45/12 pkgs…plus shipping! ITBC also offers a variety of bison cuts starting at $9.99/lb for ground bison. All other cuts are based on availability and market price. All of our buffalo meat is directly sourced from our members of federally-recognized tribally-run buffalo programs. Call our office, at (605) 394-9730 to purchase!
Another buffalo jerky option is from Native American Natural Foods LLC, is a certified Native-Owned business founded on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, who offers the Tanka Bar. Their buffalo jerky varieties include spicy pepper, apple orange peel, original slow smoked, or cranberry. A pack of 1oz bars costs $31.99. Ute Bison Meat Company, a division of Ute Tribal Enterprises LLC, also sells bundles, 24-1oz bison jerky sticks for $59.99.
Self Care – gifts to preserve or improve one’s own health, well-being, & happiness
The Faught’s Blackfeet Trading Post out of Montana sells a variety of 4 oz lotions with hand-picked and made ingredients, packaged by Blackfeet Native Women for $10.00. Their $16.00 respiratory and chest balm is a perfect soothing medicine for the season and pandemic. The Center Pole also sells Crow Indian medicine kits for $10.00. This winter, consider moisturizing with Sweetgrass Trading Company’s $9.99 bees wax lotion bars and $3.99 bee balms made by Ioway Bee Farm, which is owned and operated by the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. The Seminole Nation Museum also sells natural lye soap for only $4.00. Lye has antioxidant qualities which slow down the formation of wrinkles and age spots when used daily.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center store offers products from local businesses, like Taos Pinon Company and Wolfwalker House, who sell soaps, salves, and smudge kits. The store is located on tribal land and is governed by the 19 Pueblos in NM, which include ITBC members Nambé, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, Taos, and Tesuque Pueblos. The store resells many Native American art items, which were purchased directly from artisans. All gross receipts tax generated from sales go directly to the 19 Pueblos District.
Another local store in NM is Bison Star Naturals offering a variety of lotion, soap, bath salts, lip balm and other products, made by Angelo, a Taos Pueblo tribal member and his partner, Jacquelene. Haipažaža Pȟežuta, a native-owned business which means “Medicine Soaps” in Lakota offers many self-care products like bath bombs, hair conditioner, sweetgrass perfume, and more. Lakota Made LLC, also sells a variety of body and home products like lotion, soap, medicinal herb kits, and deodorant.
Gifts for practical use, style, home décor, & more
In need of buffalo holiday decorations and gifts? Send holiday cards this year made by a Minniconjou Lakota & Iroquois artist, Jim Yellowhawk. The artist’s sacred white buffalo card is sold by the Atka Lakota Museum, a non-profit educational outreach program located near several of our members including the Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, Yankton, and Rosebud Sioux Tribes in South Dakota. The Museum also sells products to decorate your home or another’s, like a leather buffalo ornament made by Oglala Lakota artist, Loretta Bettelyoun or a painted buffalo ornament made by Lorri Ann Two Bulls. The Singing Horse Trading Post, located on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota also offers unique gifts like a painted wooden buffalo made by Sam Two Bulls and a beaded buffalo magnet.
Child or adult, you can never go wrong with mini buffalo… (maybe we’re biased). The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma sells the perfect buffalo stuffed animal for $6.00, in addition to many other products. The Indian Pueblo Store sells bison hand puppets too!
To wrap up our holiday gift guide, we would like to feature some beautiful buffalo adornments. The Singing Horse Trading Post sells parfleche (dried animal hide) $40.00 buffalo skull earrings by local artist, Shawn Espinosa. The Heritage Center, also located on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, sells $24.00 buffalo hoof print earrings hand-made by Robert Sun Bear. Bison Star Naturals out of NM sells $20.00 silver buffalo nickel earrings, hand made by Lyle Wright. At ITBC, we also offer buffalo robes from animals raised on tribal lands. Please call our office for details!
We hope you all have a Happy Holidays & New Years. May your homes be filled with love, joy, and good health!
For a complete list of businesses listed in this blog, please see below.
The Center Pole
Crow Indian Reservation
PO Box 71
3391 I-90 Frontage Rd
Garryowen, MT 59031
The White Earth Land Recovery Project
607 Main Ave
Callaway, MN 56521
Sweetgrass Trading Co.
701 Buffalo Trail
Winnebago, NE 68071
877.846.6805 or 402.878.2300
Native American Tea Company
Toll free #: 888-291-8517
Local #: 605-226-2006
421 S Lincoln St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
Lakota Made LLC
Seminole Nation Museum
524 S. Wewoka Ave.
P.O. Box 1532
Wewoka, OK 74884
Red Lake Nation Foods
Toll Free: 888-225-2108
15550 Chippewa Ave.
Redby, MN 56670
Mailing: PO Box 547 Red Lake, MN 56671
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
15756 State Hwy 371 NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Red Lake Nation Fishery
19050 Highway 1 East
Redby, MN 56670
Tanka Bar, Native American Natural Foods LLC
287 Water Tower Road
Kyle, SD 57752
Toll Free: 1-800-416-7212/(605) 455-2187
Ute Bison Meat Company
7074 East 900 South,
Fort Duchesne, Utah 84026
Faught’s Blackfeet Trading Post
Browning, MT 59417
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Local: 505-843-7270 Toll Free: 1-866-855-7902
Bison Star Naturals
PO Box 3424
Taos, NM 87571
1720 NE Wheatland Dr.
Atka Lakota Museum & Cultural Center
St. Joseph’s Indian School
1301 North Main Street
Chamberlain, SD 57325
The Singing Horse Trading Post
1210 BIA 33
Porcupine, 57772, SD
T +1 605 455 2143
F +1 605 455 1418
Cherokee Nation Gift Shop
17725 South, Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464
The Heritage Center
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD 57770