How it began
Gary Drapeau fulfilled his dream of opening a screen printing business in Lake Andes, South Dakota. The Makoche Clothing Company debuted their apparel line in the summer of 2017 with a casual collection of shirts.
The Makoche Clothing Company is a fashion life style company owned and operated by Gary Elk Soldier and wife Cheyenne Elk Soldier. Makoche means “Homeland” in the Ihanktonwan Nakota Native language.
Gary is a creative, high-energy individual; he is true entrepreneur. Gary has been successful in many aspects of his life. He is a talented musician and a member of Native American band Elk Solider. They are nationally recognized and have released three albums. Gary’s is employed at Marty Indian School where he teaches the Dakota language (Dakota People – Sioux Tribe) to high school students.
The clothing line features t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other high quality clothing with a Native American flair. Gary is a skilled marketer using Facebook, twitter and Instagram.