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Sister Sky With the health and beauty market now blossoming with Indigenous brands that resonate with consumers who want great products with compelling stories, Native American women-owned company Sister Sky continues to set itself apart with the authenticity of their story and products.

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hat started as a hobby of making body care products in the kitchen to sell at the occasional craft fair turned into a life-changing quest to create an all-natural lotion that would soothe severe eczema. With the health and beauty market now blossoming with Indigenous brands that resonate with consumers who want great products with compelling stories, Native American women-owned company Sister Sky continues to set itself apart with the authenticity of their story and products. Sister Sky was started over twenty years ago by real-life Native American sisters who began crafting hand-made herbal products in their kitchens from recipes handed down by their ancestors. Stephanie and Marina Turningrobe (Spokane/Pauquachin First Nation) honor the Native American herbal legacy by infusing herbs and oils used for centuries as natural remedies Sweetgrass and White Willow as best-selling product lines. The sisters continue to make their products by hand in Washington and are certified “Made by American Indians.” The family-owned company gives a portion of sales to Native American non-profits throughout Indian Country.

Monica Simeon. (Photo: courtesy)

Thank you for joining us! Where are you both from? My sister and I are both enrolled citizens of the Spokane tribe on our father’s side. We are also Pauquachin First Nation from British Columbia, Canada, on our mother’s side. We grew up on the Spokane Indian reservation, which is located 45 miles northeast of the city of Spokane in Washington state. Who are the founders of Sister Sky? What inspired you two to start Sister Sky? My sister, Marina TurningRobe, and I started Sister Sky as a hobby-based business in the early ’90s. Back then, crafting was a new thing; making soaps, candles, and lotions with natural ingredients were just catching on. We made body care products in our kitchens and packed them up to sell at weekend craft fairs. It was excellent training, and we learned about production, packaging, and pricing. We

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Sister Sky’s White Willow with Chamomile Bath Bombs, $16.00

Sister Sky’s Sweetgrass Bath Bombs, $16.00

Sister Sky’s Kevin’s Care Body Lotion, $17.00

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