Trees, Water & People Announces Winner of $40,000 “Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award”

Tyler Tawahongva
Tyler Tawahongva accepts the Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award.

Trees, Water & People (TWP) is pleased to announce Tyler Tawahongva as the winner of the 2014 Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award. Mr. Tawahongva, a Hopi member of the Coyote Clan from Hotevilla, Arizona, will receive up to $40,000 in start-up capital and technical assistance to expand his company, Cloud Nine Recycling.

Tyler returned to his hometown of Tuba City, Arizona in 2010 after working for American Express for ten years. While exploring career options, he found that he could make extra income from recycling. He has been recycling for four years now and recently expanded Cloud Nine Recycling to include paper products, plastics, aluminum cans, metals and electronic equipment.

“This principle of being a Native and a steward of the earth is a driving force to my endeavor of creating this recycling business.” Explains Tyler, “With the award from Trees, Water and People, I will now be able to continue my mission to intercept waste from landfills and provide jobs for the local community as well as bring awareness to the need for recycling in my community.”

The Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award is an exciting culmination of Trees, Water & People’s annual Green Business Development Training and Business Start-Up Mentorship Program. Using the Indianpreneurship curriculum developed by Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN), this new multi-tiered approach provides Native American students with the practical knowledge, resources, and confidence needed to create their own businesses.

“We had several excellent green business plans submitted, but Tyler’s personal statement and feasibility plan really stood out. Recycling is one of the bases of community-wide involvement in addressing climate change and sustainable living, and TWP is very excited to help support Cloud Nine Recycling get a strong start.” Said Jamie Folsom, TWP’s National Director and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

TWP is proud to sponsor this Award and offer assistance to Native American entrepreneurs like Tyler who are eager to create and grow their green business ideas.

For more information please contact Jamie Folsom at or call 970-484-3678.