Prairie Band chairwoman maintains business
When she's not busy running the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas, Tracy Stanhoff is running her advertising agency.

The tribe always comes first, Stanhoff says. But thanks to the Internet and e-mail, she is able to monitor her business, AdPro, and its clients, which include Boeing, American Honda, Southern California Edison, the Southern California Gas Company and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Stanhoff started the business when she was 26. She said she never encountered discrimination as an Indian woman.

“However, in my business, youth was a hindrance,” Stanhoff told The MidWeek News in Illinois, where the tribe is re-establishing its presence. “I looked too young, and experience counts. You have to prove yourself all the time.”

Stanhoff, who also has Choctaw heritage, grew up in California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach.

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'Tribe always comes first' (The Midweek News 5/9)

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