Patricia Mabin, Founder of Pemmican Patty Food Company

Patricia Mabin is the founder of Pemmican Patty Food Company, a North Dakota Native American-owned business. Her goal is to support healthy lifestyles, while preserving Metis and Ojibway traditions.

Growing up outside the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, she felt disconnected from her culture, and she desired to reconnect with her roots and share them with others. After working entry-level, low-paying jobs all her life, she wanted something more meaningful that would honor her mother’s advice to be proud of her Native American and Metis heritage. She also wanted to honor the entrepreneurial spirit her people showed when they adapted to changing circumstances and created new opportunities for themselves and future generations.

Pemmican Patty food products are inspired by family tradition; the Native ways of her grandparents and ancestors; and the desire to revive the glory of pemmican, a food that sustained her people for centuries and almost disappeared like the buffalo. Pemmican Patty products use natural ingredients that reflect her culture and history, such as maple water, bison and berries. They are healthy, clean and delicious. They also tell a story of how she carries on traditional ways and values, such as community, food sovereignty and pride in her heritage.

Patricia Mabin is the founder of Pemmican Patty Food Company, a North Dakota Native American-owned business that strives to promote cuture, health and values. Photo courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

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