Emily White Hat is a 2015 National Center “Native American 40 Under 40” awardee.
Emily White Hat, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, was interviewed by the Sioux Falls (SD) Business Journal. She recently accepted a job as a project manager for the Denver-based American Indian College Fund.
Question: What’s the best part about your new job?
Answer: The best part of my job will be working directly with the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) leadership, faculty and staff in the region. I was born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation and had the opportunity to experience the tribal college movement from the early beginnings to current day through my parents and as a graduate of Sinte Gleska University. I appreciate the value and need for infrastructure development and planning to attain long-term sustainability. I believe our Tribal Colleges and Universities make a positive impact in our tribal communities and look forward to being a part of the process.
Q: You recently were named a “Native American 40 Under 40” by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Congratulations! What do you credit for your success?
A: My family support, understanding of our Lakota way of life and a good work-life balance is pivotal to my success. I am fortunate that my career, while varied, has provided me the opportunity to work on Native issues from a tribal, local, regional and national level. I’ve worked with my tribe and other tribes directly as well as nationally at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. I’m highly motivated, driven, an effective problem solver and good facilitator focused on acknowledging success while addressing barriers to improving access to health, education and justice.
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.