Sapling and Flint win PayPal Business Makeover Contest!

Sapling and Flint win PayPal Business Makeover Contest!

Posted By Corinne Rice March 11th, 2019 Last Updated on: March 20th, 2019

Sapling and Flint is a Clothing and Jewelry company owned by Two Mohawk twin sisters Dakota and Jesse Brant!

“Dakota and Jesse Brant, twin sisters and co-founders of jewelry manufacturer Sapling & Flint, say thanks to the contest winnings, their business will now be the first jewelry wholesale manufacturer that is completely Indigenous owned and operated on a reserve.”

Statement to from Dakota Brant:

“I felt confident about our business pitch, because I really do believe in the power of entrepreneurship bringing opportunity & self-determination to our people; it was just a matter of relaying that message to Paypal and getting them on board.  When we became a finalist in the contest, Paypal arranged a 30 minute phone call with us and asked us how this money would impact our business, we were clear that this money was not just impacting a business, it is impacting the Indigenous community at-large. We told them in our pitch that it was not a contest to us, but a partnership and with their support we would be increasing employment, working toward the end of cultural appropriation by the fashion industry, and giving Indigenous artisans a platform to be introduced as real players in the world of design. We don't take our role as Indigenous entrepreneurs lightly; when we can bring economic opportunities to our business, we are bringing them to our community as well. Sapling & Flint continues to be a proud on-Territory business, that is working to increase partnerships with Indigenous designers, expand our studio to increase employment in our community as well as expanding our already hard working online retail service. “

For more information on Sapling and Flint, as well as their win with PayPal please click the links below and Congratulations to this fantastic Indigenous Women-owned company!

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@TeyoDakotaBrant honours her paternal heritage extending to the fishing community at Kenhtéke, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory along the Bay of Quinte – or Kénhte in the Mohawk language – where her father Tewatoken'será:ke Richard Brant's paternal family hails from. The Mohawks from the Bay of Quinte are reknowned spear & net fishermen, bringing home pickeral and other Bay animals for generations. This design features rain clouds and lightening, honouring the Thunderers who wake up the earth and waters in the spring just before the fish begin to run. Spear fishers line the waters in search for pickeral, and are followed in the design by furrowed land as Haudenosaunee begin turned over their gardens in the spring, and add the fish guts & heads into their composted soil, so nutrient levels of the gardens increase exponentially, and no part of the fish is wasted. . . . . #SaplingandFlint #notebook #notebooks #nativeawesome #nativeartist #indigenous #PFW #NYFW #Dress #Dresses #Ladyentrepreneur #womeninbusiness #indigenousinbusiness #mohawkartist #leggings #yogapants #authentic #wampum #silver #scarves #scarf #shawl #necklace #jewelry #skirt #longskirt

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About Corinne Rice

Corinne Rice (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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