Partnerships Coordinator

Jacob D. Crane

Jacob D. Crane is a citizen of the Tsuut’ina Nation located in Alberta, Canada. His mission and personal vision are inspired by his continued cultural involvement by way of Sundances and Sweat Lodges. He has participated as a singer, dancer, and drummer at Powwows throughout the United States and Canada. Jacob is dedicated to displaying the qualities and values he has learned through these practices in his daily life.

In 2002 his family moved to Utah where he attended middle school, high school and later earned his GED while supporting his newborn son. Jacob has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, even as a child. When he was only nine years old he began selling bubble gum at Powwows. At the age of 14, he began selling fireworks, which taught him to take risks in business and in life. In the fall of 2010, he began his collegiate career at Utah Valley University where he pursued a degree in business. Jacob’s passion for dance and international travel led him to UVU’s Cultural Envoy tour team and was picked to travel to China in 2012 to dance in multiple cities. Since then, Jacob has traveled all over the world to countries such as Australia, Fiji, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.

In May of 2013, Jacob took his first internship with the Tsuut’ina Nation as the Chief’s Assistant. During this time, he learned about the social and economic development barriers that his First Nation community faces such as the lack of funding to invest in needed services and social programming as well as lack of opportunity for citizen employment. Despite the economic barriers, he earned enough capital to invest in his very own company which grew into a prosperous landscaping company named Crane Clean Cuts Landscaping Inc. His company has been nominated for awards including recognition from the economic development board and is the 2016 recipient of the small business achievement award.

In the spring of 2015, Jacob was asked to start a youth program project that is now the fully developed Isgaakuwa Gumisitiy Youth Program on Tsuut'ina Nation; where he has taught several classes about small business and entrepreneurship. Through this opportunity, Jacob also discovered his passion for teaching and speaking about entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2016, Jacob served as the 2016 Annual Celebrations Powwow Coordinator for the Tsuut’ina Nation. After serving in this position for nearly two years Jacob was elected to the 2017 National Cando Youth Panel (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and through this experience has been accepted into the CESO-SACO Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and is currently being mentored by a professional.

Jacob was accepted as a summer intern with the American Indian Business Leaders Program (AIBL) for the summer of 2018 and attended leadership conferences and mentored other interns. During his free time, Jacob spearheads an online series called The Arrows Journey, which is geared towards highlighting young, successful Indigenous people across North America to share their stories with the next generation. He also works alongside the Title VI program that offers Powwow dancing and singing to elementary school students.

In time, Jacob plans to launch his very own entrepreneurial consulting firm and possibly a tourist company. Jacob aspires to teach Indigenous people across North America about the importance of Indigenous business. Jacob's dedication to his education has persevered over many challenges that First Nations youth face in today’s society. To Jacob's surprise, he was nominated for Council during the 2016 election year. Jacob was extremely honored to be nominated but withdrew from the election to finish his education. Jacob is a firm believer of: “Find what fuels your spirit and go with it, and when things get hard Isgaakuwa Gumisitiy (young people persevere).”