By Lakisha Meade, CPCDC Grants and Finance Coordinator
For many Oklahoma residents, fry bread tacos are a well-known dish and an absolute must try for anyone who has yet to experience the unique savory flavor. For a truly authentic experience, visit Native-owned Redbone Indian Tacos in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. Kelly Price owns this top-notch food truck and uses her Kiowa grandmother’s recipes. Her food truck was the first one in Medicine Park, situated in the Wichita Mountains in Comanche County.
Price’s grandmother raised her for a good portion of her childhood and taught her how to make fry bread. She grew up cooking with her grandmother and learning all about the technique and love it takes to make the best fry bread around.
Price’s compassion for others is what started her business venture. She had heard of a local family in Medicine Park that needed help. Price did not hesitate to put together a fundraiser to get the family much-needed financial assistance. She got some residents together, and doing what she loves, she made fry bread and sold Indian tacos. It went over so well, it was recommended to her that she continue to sell them around town. Redbone Indian Tacos was about to begin its long-lasting journey.
Her story is inspirational and a testament to the American Dream. Price said without the help of Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC), she never would have had the opportunity to make her food truck a reality. Being a small business owner takes time, commitment, and let’s be honest, an investment. Without the funds to get started or someone willing to take a chance on the enterprise, many business owners feel unable to pursue their passions. Price credits the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma for getting her in contact with the CPCDC. She knew what she wanted, and she believed in herself and her abilities. She just needed some help getting started and someone else to believe in her too.
With the help of CPCDC Commercial Loan Officer Felecia Freeman, Price told her story. She said that Freeman took the time to explain every step of what she needed to do to get up and running. After talking with Freeman, Price knew the work would be challenging, but she was determined. She took every step and piece of advice that was given to her, and she got to work. Price is now in her third year and growing. She is currently working on getting a brick-and-mortar location to expand her operation.
Her goal is to keep her food truck and move from place to place like always. Redbone Indian Tacos has driven to Edmond and even as far as the Texas-Oklahoma border. Price has fed many happy diners that travel to her food truck as both eager first timers and returning customers anxious to eat her delicious food again.