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40 Under 40 Awards

Recognizing Native American citizens for outstanding leadership and community contributions annually.

The 40 Under 40 is a prestigious award which recognizes 40 emerging American Indians from across Indian Country who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community.

Nomination Guidelines
  • Nominee must have been between 18-39 years of age
    by January 1, 2024
  • The deadline for submitting nomination applications is December 1, 2023
  • You may nominate more than one person
  • You may nominate yourself
All Items Must Be Completed For
Application Consideration
  • Fully completed nomination form
  • Three (3) documents supporting the nominee
    (i.e. professional resume, reference letters, etc.)
  • One (1) Color photograph of nominee (300 dpi – jpg file)
  • Copy of Tribal enrollment document – mandatory.

Native American 40 Under 40 Award Past Recipients

The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce this prestigious award 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. 

2024 Native American 40 Under 40 Awards Nomination Now Open

Winners will be recognized at a reception on during the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, NV


October 2, 2023

MESA, AZ – Nominations are now open for the 2024 Native American 40 Under 40 award. Nominated by members of their communities, this prestigious award is bestowed upon American Indians (including Canadian First Nations), Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are under the age of 40 (as of January 1, 2024) and have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication while making significant contributions in their professions and to their communities. Past award winners span diverse fields, reflecting the talent and diversity of Indian Country. Now entering its 15th year, Year, the 40 Under 40 awards program is one of the primary ways The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recognizes and cultivates young leaders.

The deadline to submit a nomination is December 1, 2023. Both self and third-party nominations are accepted. Nominations can be submitted here.

“Past recipients of the Native American 40 Under 40 are no longer just our future; they are leaders in their respective fields,” said Chris James, President and CEO of The National Center. “I have no doubt the 2024 class of Native American 40 Under 40 will be full of deserving recipients who will make our community proud and our world a better place. I look forward to celebrating their achievements at RES 2024.”

The 2024 40 Under 40 class will be announced before the end of the year. They will be formally honored during the next Reservation Economic Summit (RES), taking place in Las Vegas from March 11-14, 2024. Registration is for RES 2024 is now open.

2023 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients

The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce its 2023 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. This 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.

  • Sabrina Arch (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Director of Enterprise Development, Whittier, NC

  • Shannon Barnett (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) – Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cultural Academic Specialist, Broken Arrow, OK

  • Luke Barteaux (Cherokee Nation) – Presiding Cherokee Nation District Court Judge, Tahlequah, OK

  • Willow Blythe-Carroll (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) – HudsonLake Consulting, Strategic Communications Manager, Consultant and Founder of Weaving Wisdom, LLC, Rockwall, TX

  • Brett Bucktooth (Oneida Indian Nation) – Haudenosaunee Ongweoweh Corp, Supplier Diversity Manager, Hogansburg, NY

  • Joseph Byrd (Quapaw/Osage/Cherokee) – Quapaw Nation, Chairman, Quapaw, OK

  • Quannah Rose Chasinghorse (Hän Gwich’in and Sicangu-Oglala Lakota) – IMG Models, Model/Activist/Spokesperson, Mesa, AZ

  • Candice Craig (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) – Owner of The Joy Therapist, Tulsa, OK

  • Kenneth Davis (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) – Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Tribal Resource Specialist, Rolette, ND

  • Kyle Doney (Seminole Tribe of Florida) – Seminole Tribe of Florida, Deputy Executive Director, Hollywood, FL

  • Caleb Dunlap (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)) – Amazon, Program Manager, Brand Protection, Cloquet, MN

  • Kayla Gebeck (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians) – Holland & Knight LLP, Associate, Washington, DC

  • Valery Giebel (Cherokee Nation) – United States Department of the Interior, Senior Indian Law Attorney Advisor, Tulsa, OK

  • Dustin Goslin (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) – Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, Vice President of Business & Economic Development, Onamia, MN

  • Marya Halvorsen (Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak) – Koniag, Public Policy and Government Affairs Specialist, Anchorage, AK

  • Stephanie Hutch (Native Hawaiian) – Makai LLC, CEO, Hopkinton, MA

  • Krystalyn Kinsel (Navajo) – Jenner & Block, Associate, Washington, DC

  • Jenna Krohn (Native Village of Koyuk) – Bering Straits Native Corporation, Corporate Counsel, Anchorage, AK

  • Alexander Mallory (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) – U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Judicial Law Clerk, Phoenix, AZ

  • Chantay Moore (Navajo) – Heartland Institute of Financial Education (HIFE), Certified Financial Educator and Licensed Financial Professional, Chicago, IL

  • Andi Murphy (Navajo) – Native America Calling, Senior Producer, Albuquerque, NM

  • Buu Nygren (Navajo), Navajo Nation President, Window Rock, AZ

  • Brandi Payton (Cherokee, Cheyenne, Arapaho & Hopi) – Cherokee Nation Health Services, Clinic Administrator, Owasso, OK

  • Cameron Poindexter (Curyung Tribe/Choggiung Limited) – Choggiung Limited, President & CEO, Dillingham, AK

  • Leonard Powell (Hopland Band of Pomo Indians) – Jenner & Block, Senior Associate, Washington, DC

  • Zachary Pullin (Chippewa Cree Nation) – Washington Conservation Action/Washington Conservation Action Education Fund, Communications Director, Seattle, WA

  • PaaWee Rivera (Pueblo of Pojoaque) 

  • Jaclyn Roessel (Navajo (Diné)) – Grownup Navajo, LLC, President and Founder, Bernalillo, NM

  • Kendra Root (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) – National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Research Associate, Claremore, OK

  • Travis Ruiz (Cheyenne and Arapaho) – Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Speaker of the Legislature/Arapaho District 3 Legislator, Weatherford, OK

  • Nikki Santos (Coeur d’Alene Tribe) – Center for Native American Youth, Executive Director, Washington, DC

  • Kyle Scherer (Munsee Delaware Nation) – Venable LLP, Partner and Co-Chair, Native American Law & Policy Practice, Washington, DC

  • Bryan Shade (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma) – Lippes Mathias, LLP, Senior Associate, Rockville, MD

  • Jacelyn Shavney (Cherokee Nation) – Cherokee Nation Businesses, Cultural Programs and Event Projects Manager, Catoosa, OK

  • Sterling Springer (Seminole) – DT-Trak Consulting, Inc, President/CEO, Miller, SD

  • Kristen Talbert (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate) – American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University, Program Manager, Phoenix, AZ

  • Sean Vasquez (Pechanga Band of Indians) – Pechanga Development Corporation, 1st Vice President, Irvine, CA

  • Craig Williams (Mississippi Choctaw) – Jenner & Block, Special Counsel, Washington, DC

  • Jeremy Wilson (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) – High Culture Canna, Consultant, Cherokee, NC

  • Isabel Yasana Hawley (Klamath Tribe) – Nike, Consumer Direct Value Brand Manager, Tigard, OR