Business loans aim to boost Native American entrepreneurship

Minnesota Public Radio

Even though the city of Bemidji is surrounded by three Indian reservations, there have been few Native American-owned businesses in town. Now, a Red Lake tribal member has opened a new restaurant. It's believed to be the first American Indian-owned restaurant in the city. Owner Marv Hanson tapped into a little-used state fund intended to help American Indian entrepreneurs. Hanson's new Marvelous Fish House and Market restaurant is decorated with American Indian art and lots of historic black-and-white photos of tribal members from the three surrounding reservations. The menu features Red Lake walleye and Indian-harvested wild rice. Hanson is also proud that most of his 25 employees are Indians...

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Robertson, Tom. "Business loans aim to boost Native American entrepreneurship." MPR news. Minnesota Public Radio. May 24, 2013. Radio report.  (, accessed March 14, 2023)

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