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Eastern Shoshone tribal member to release wine label

Jun 12, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Mike Eagle, an enrolled Eastern Shoshone tribal member, residing in Nice, Calif., is preparing to release his own wine label this year.

Eagle began his entrepreneurial interests by promoting mixed martial arts fighters with his logo called "Odathim" on their fighting gear. The Odat Empire has grown to promoting hip-hop artists, rappers, artists, models and designers as well as hosting events with the help of his partner, Juan Ramos.

Eagle said he is currently working with partners on a marketing plan before the release of Eagle Eye Wine.

"The first time we came out with the wine, it was just labeled with the crown," Eagle said. "It didn't have anything that stated it was Native American owned."

His company expects a bigger release with a better marketing plan, he added. Eventually, he plans to have the wine sold in American Indian casino steakhouse restaurants, bars and lounges across the country.

Eagle and his fiancee, Natasha Diaz, are expecting their first child. He currently works as a bar manager at the Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino.

"(I'm) boosting sales and booking live entertainment for the R-bar stage," he said.

He continues to connect with the Wind River Indian Reservation through his family ties, he said, and plans to visit at the end of June for the annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days.

Eagle said he was raised by his grandparents in California while other family members reside on the Wyoming reservation. His mother, Patricia Eagle Trosper, lives in Salt Lake City and his grandparents are the late Janice M. Enos Azbill and Delmer Azbill who lived in Lakeport, Calif.

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