Harris, of the Nome Eskimo Community, and Aarons, of the Inupiaq, among honorees for prestigious award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

MILWAUKEE, WI – Emerging Native American leaders from across the country will be honored for their outstanding leadership during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The “Native American 40 under 40” is a prestigious award that is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, for showing initiative and dedication to providing significant, positive contributions to business or in their respective communities. Haven Harris, a member of the Nome Eskimo Community, and Miriam Aarons, a member of the Inupiaq, are among the 2014 award winners to be honored during a gala at the leading Native American business event in the country, taking place at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee.

“The 40 under 40 award showcases the accomplishments of both current and future Native American leaders,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “The future of Indian country will be shaped by exceptional leaders such as Haven and Miriam who have proven their unrelenting dedication to enhancing the lives of those around them. It is truly an honor to bestow this award on such a deserving group of young leaders.”

Originally from Nome, Haven Harris is currently the General Manager of the Bering Straits Native Corporation, where he oversees the day-to-day operations and the implementation and performance, compliance, budget development and profitable operation of all projects. He has worked on Alaska Native Policy issues with the First Alaskan’s Institute, and is a board member of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Harris earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan before going on to earn his MBA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Miriam Aarons is currently the Corporate Communications Director for the Bering Straits Native Corporation, where she is responsible for brand management, public relations, coordinating media communications and assisting in the oversight of the BSNC’s charitable giving efforts. She has also worked with Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Aarons earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York.

Award winners will be officially honored during the 39th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala, which will take place during RES Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 8th. For more information about Reservation Economic Summit, please visit

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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