The Phoenix Indian Center will honor Mr. Giff during its Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards

November 16, 2016
MESA, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) congratulated its Board Secretary Urban Giff for being recognized as the Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2016. The award is bestowed by the Phoenix Indian Center as a part of its Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards, taking place tonight at a dinner at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort. The awards, which are in their 34th year, are given to those who demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement, promotion, and development of the cultural, educational, social, economic, or political welfare of the American Indian Community or have provided significant contributions to the local American Indian economy.
“Urban Giff is an invaluable member of the National Center’s Board, and a respected leader in the Gila River Indian Community and Native community throughout Arizona,” said Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the Board for the National Center. “Urban is a very deserving recipient of the Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Award, and we look forward to his continued contributions to the National Center and all of Indian Country.”
Urban Giff currently serves as Secretary for the Board of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, where he has been a member since 1995. Mr. Giff attended Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1960. Mr. Giff served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953-1980, retiring with the rank of Major. Urban was selected as Operations Manager of the Gila River Indian Community in 1981 and held that position until 1986 when he was appointed as Community Manager. He retired as Community Manager in February 2006. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lone Butte Industrial Development Corporation, a Tribal Corporation.
The National Center will host its own awards banquet tonight at the Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) gala at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico in Santa Fe. Three business awards – First American Corporate Leadership Award, First American Entrepreneurship Award, and the Jay Silverheels Achievement Award – will be recognized, along with the winners of the prestigious 40 under 40 award. RES New Mexico concludes on Thursday. For more information about RES New Mexico and the National Center, please click here.
About The National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 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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