MESA, AZ – Nominations for the 2019 Native American 40 under 40 awards and applications for Business Scholarships are now officially open. These winners will be recognized at a gala on August 24th at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona. The Native American 40 under 40 award recognizes emerging American Indian and Alaska Native leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community. The Business Scholarships are awarded to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a business-related field. The theme for this year’s gala is Next Generation Leadership: Together Towards Tomorrow.

“Recognizing current and future leaders is one of the most important functions of the National Center,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Our past 40 under 40 and business scholarship winners have gone on to make incredible contributions to their communities, professions, and all of Indian Country. I’m sure the 2019 class will carry on this proud tradition. The National Center looks forward to celebrating their achievements at the upcoming gala.”

The deadline for nominations for the 40 under 40 award is July 15, 2019 and can be done by clicking here. The deadline to apply for the business scholarships is July 15, 2019 and can be done by filling out an application found here.

“Whether through business, the legal profession, governments of all levels, academia, journalism, economic development, the arts, or many other fields, our 40 under 40 winners are already creating a better tomorrow,” said Lillian Sparks Robinson, a previous 40 under 40 winner, current National Center Board Member, and Chair of the 2019 40 under 40 committee. “If you know a qualified individual who deserves recognition, please nominate him or her today – and join us in August to celebrate the achievements of these 40 incredible leaders.”

Details for the event are included below. The gala is open to the public. Tickets for general admission will become available in the coming weeks.

What:  2019 National Center 40 Under 40 Awards Gala

Where:  Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass; 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Phoenix, AZ

When:  Saturday, August 24, 2019; Reception and Silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and gala at 7 p.m.

Special guest:  Stephen R. Lewis, Governor of Gila River Indian Community

Tickets:  $100 Per Seat; $75 for 40 Under 40 Alumni; registration link to come

Contact:  Alia Hauter; alia@ncaied.org or 480-545-5009

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – The National Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation serving over 500 clients and providing over $4 million in contracts to its clients. The National Center has nine offices throughout the nation with its home office located in Mesa, Arizona. The National Center is 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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