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Louie Gong    

Coast Salish Artist, Activist & Social Entrepreneur

Louie Gong (Nooksack) (M.Ed.) is a highly influential Coast Salish artist, activist and social entrepreneur with a knack for bringing people together. In 2008, he founded the iconic lifestyle brand Eighth Generation - the first Native-owned company to produce wool blankets - triggering a movement that has diverted millions of dollars from non-Native corporations to a new generation of Native-owned businesses and artist. By successfully disrupting a colonial system and then selling Eighth Generation to the Snoqualmie Tribe, the creative force completed the blueprint for how to merge values and business - something he refers to as the "Native American Dream."

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