D. K. Lemon, Inc.

About Us

D. K. Lemon, Inc. is a Minnesota Corporation established in 2006. The Company was established to create business opportunities that will have a positive economic impact in Indian Country both on and off reservations.  D. K. Lemon, Inc. is doing business as Indian Country Expressions. The principals also own and operate Limon Fine Art, LLC and The ZAP! Game, LLC.


The diversification of Indian Country business holdings will help to sustain long-term economic growth. It will provide economic development in Indian Country by providing gainful employment opportunities to the community.


Douglas K. Limón is the inventor of The ZAP! Game. He is also co-founder of The Zap Game, LLC with his wife Rachel A. Limón. The ZAP! Game, LLC is located in White Bear Lake, MN (USA) and is an American Company.

Doug and Rachel have teamed up with The Game Crafter, LLC. The Game Crafter, LLC is located in Madison, WI (USA) and is an American Company. The Game Crafter, LLC has been in the game design/manufacturing industry for over 10 years and published many of their own titles. The Game Crafter will print, assemble, and ship orders to you our customer.

Principals


Douglas K. Limón, CEO

doug@dklemon.com


Douglas K. Limón has served in executive management positions in sales, service and marketing and has worked with corporations, Tribal Governments and Native American Entrepreneurs.  Mr. Limón is a former Chairman and Co-Founder of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC).  He was instrumental in the early development of the MAICC. He recruited General Mills as the first corporate sponsor of the Chamber. He was the 3rd Chairman of MAICC after Randy Blackorbay and then Don St. Clair. He worked with Richard Mason the first Executive Director of MAICC. When Richard Mason left MAICC Mr. Limón hired Les King as the new Executive Director. 


Douglas Limón also worked with Jennie Lightfoot an executive on loan from Honeywell. The Executive on Loan program was first initiated by Randy Blackorbay during his term as Chairman. Jennie Lightfoot became MAICC Director of Fundraising and made great strides developing a solid foundation to grow MAICC into the organization it is today. MAICC celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2011. 


Douglas has spent 10 years managing equipment service programs in the biomedical engineering industry.  He has had ownership in and been involved in several start-up companies.  His most recent venture The ZAP! Game, LLC.


Douglas K. Limón is a descendant of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation. 


Committed to giving back to the community, Douglas has also served as a volunteer coach for youth sports, including baseball, and basketball.  He has coached basketball year round for 20 years in community traveling basketball programs, the summer Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program, and the Cooper High School varsity boys program. Douglas served on the City of Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) for six years. The role of the PHAC is to advise the City Council and the Department of Health and Family Support on policy matters affecting the health of Minneapolis residents, and to serve as liaisons between the City and the community in addressing health concerns. In this role, he makes every effort to ensure that the concerns represented reflect the viewpoints and interests of the Native American community.  Douglas also served on the Board of Directors for the Northside Arts Collective (NAC).  As a NAC Board member, he promoted the Minneapolis Northside community through the arts and more specifically promoted Native American art and artists.  He also served on the Advisory Board of All My Relations.  Douglas is also a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico.

In 2012 Douglas was honored with Minnie Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for demonstrating a lifetime of traditional art perpetuation. He has continually practiced traditional beadwork for over 50 years. He has also transformed his work into a more contemporary style.

Minnie Jackson (1911-2011) is a renowned basket maker from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Known for her strawberry baskets, she made baskets all her life, taught the traditions to community members, and is remembered as a role model of cultural wisdom. The Ziibiwing Center is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Mount Pleasant, MI.

In 2012 Douglas was honored with Minnie Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for demonstrating a lifetime of traditional art perpetuation. He has continually practiced traditional beadwork for over 50 years. He has also transformed his work into a more contemporary style.

Minnie Jackson (1911-2011) is a renowned basket maker from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Known for her strawberry baskets, she made baskets all her life, taught the traditions to community members, and is remembered as a role model of cultural wisdom. The Ziibiwing Center is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Mount Pleasant, MI.

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In 2012 Douglas was honored with Minnie Jackson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways for demonstrating a lifetime of traditional art perpetuation. He has continually practiced traditional beadwork for over 50 years. He has also transformed his work into a more contemporary style.

Minnie Jackson (1911-2011) is a renowned basket maker from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. Known for her strawberry baskets, she made baskets all her life, taught the traditions to community members, and is remembered as a role model of cultural wisdom. The Ziibiwing Center is owned and operated by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Mount Pleasant, MI.

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Rachel A. Limón, President

rachel@dklemon.com


Rachel Limón is the State of Minnesota's Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) International Trade Representative for Latin America & the Caribbean. She assists Minnesota companies identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has created a successful program called the Latin America Seminar Series, which has served to assist Minnesota companies to increase their exports to Latin America. Rachel organized and led the IT Delegation during Governor Jesse Ventura's Trade Mission to China, in 2002. She also organized and participated in Governor Pawlenty's Trade Missions to China 2005, India 2007 and South America 2009.

 


Rachel has several years of International management experience. Prior to joining the MTO, Rachel worked as an International Distributor Representative for Skyline Displays, an international tradeshow booth design and manufacturing facility in Eagan, Minnesota. She provided consultation and training to the international distributor network in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She also worked for a telecommunications manufacturer in Wisconsin as a Sales and Marketing Manager and traveled extensively throughout her seven state territory in the southeastern part of the U.S.

 

 

Rachel graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Master's Degree in International Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Psychology. She speaks fluent Spanish. Rachel has several years of international experience and has lived and studied in Mexico. She has also traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. Rachel has served on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Uruguay Partners of the Americas as Chairman with prior positions of Vice President of Membership and Co-Chair's of Business and Economic Development and Youth at Risk Committees. Rachel is also an award winning artist and mother.


 


TURTLE FOUNDATION USA  Douglas (www.mnartist.org/Limon2) and Rachel (www.mnartist.org/Rachel_Limon) are also talented artists. They support the work of the Turtle Foundation.  The Turtle Foundation believes that worldwide protection of the Sea Turtle is important.  Douglas and Rachel think so too.  This non-profit organization is doing great work to Save the Sea Turtle.  You can join as a member free of charge on the Turtle Foundation website at www.turtle-foundation.org.