Lacey Horn is a 2015 National Center “Native American 40 Under 40” awardee.

News release via Anadisgoi

Cherokee Nation Treasurer Lacey Horn was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Tribal Advisory Committee.

Horn, of Vian, will join two other Native representatives on the seven-person committee as they advise the secretary of treasury on taxation of American Indians, the training of Internal Revenue Service field agents, and training and technical assistance to Native American financial officers.

Horn’s nomination was endorsed by a resolution passed by the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes in April.

“Lacey Horn’s experience and leadership will be an invaluable asset to the U.S. Treasury’s tribal committee,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I applaud the agency for creating this advisory panel to better address the unique issue facing tribal governments and Native people. Treasurer Horn will be an advocate for growing the economic strength of Indian Country, furthering understanding of sovereign tribal nations and enhancing the relationships between tribes and other governments.”

Horn has served as the tribe’s treasurer since 2011, overseeing the Cherokee Nation’s more than $700 million comprehensive budget. While in office, Horn has helped upgrade the tribe’s bond rating, promoted financial disclosure and transparency, and received numerous “Excellence in Financial Reporting” awards from the Government Finance Officers Association.

She was also named to Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 under 40” list in 2012 and “Executive of the Year” by the Native American Finance Officers Association in 2014.

“Taxation of tribes and their members is a significant matter that deserves particular focus. I thank Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew for the appointment to this important advisory committee, and I look forward to working closely with him and the other tribal leaders who were appointed to the advisory committee,” Horn said. “I am grateful to the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes for their support of Chief Baker’s nomination of me, recognizing that Oklahoma tribes have unique concerns related to taxation.”

Horn previously worked at KPMG as a senior audit associate in financial services and in the internal audit and tax departments of Hunt Oil.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) announced its 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients in October and hosted a night of celebration in November at RES New Mexico. The prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community.

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