Your Indigenous Marketplace and Community
From The People was founded in May of 2020, as a way to help Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 Pandemic
From the People is a Native-owned and operated business. The co-founders of From The People, Isabella Johnson and Chase McNiel, believe in Natives supporting Natives.
Isabella (she/her) is a member of the Coquille (Kō’ Kwel) Indian Tribe and is currently an undergraduate at Stanford University. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to continue her education in law school and specialize in Federal Indian Law. Chase (he/him) is a member of the Navajo Nation and a recent Stanford University graduate with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Chase has worked in the aerospace industry for the past several years.
Together, Chase and Isabella have created From The People as a way to help Native peoples regain some of their lost income in the wake of powwows and flea markets shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are dedicated to promoting the growth of Indigenous businesses like yours!
From The People is an inclusive decolonized space committed to serving as an online Indigenous Marketplace and Community. Our hope is that From The People will foster Pan-Indian collaboration among our artists, activists, and vendors. Additionally, with Native-made traditional assortments made available to shoppers, we hope to boost our Native vendors sales while preventing non-Native sellers from appropriating Indigenous cultures. There is no cultural appropriation here! Only cultural appreciation!
We welcome Native American vendors from any of the 573+ federally recognized Tribes in the U.S. as well as members of Tribes still seeking federal recognition, First Nations Peoples, and other Indigenous Peoples around the world to join our site! We want From The People to reflect the rich and unique cultural heritage of all Indigenous Peoples.
Compliance with The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
If you suspect a seller has misrepresented themselves in regards to Native American heritage or falsely suggests their product is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our site Contact Page. We will investigate all allegations and contact the appropriate authorities. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. To learn more about the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and compliance, visit here and here.