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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, 2022
  • The deadline for submitting nomination applications has been extended to March 11, 2022
  • 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)
  • Official Tribal enrollment
    document – mandatory.

Native American 40 Under 40 Award Past Recipients

The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce its 2021class 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. The awards were presented on Friday, December 10, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa, AZ.

2022 “Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients

The National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is pleased to announce its 2022 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.

  • Stephanie Allison, Navajo Nation, Owner/CEO, DreamCatcher Financial Strategies, LLC
  • Peggy Barlett, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Senior Counsel Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Pamela Boivin, Menominee, Executive Director, NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc.
  • Jackson Brossy, Navajo Nation, Assistant Administrator, Small Business Administration Office of Native American Affairs
  • Savannah Burwell, Chickasaw Nation, Content Manager, The Chickasaw Nation
  • Jeanie Campbell, Aleut, CEO / Owner, Grid Electric Corporation
  • Rachel Crawford, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, CEO/President, Quivera Enterprises LLC
  • Emily Edenshaw, Yup’ik/Inupiaq, President & CEO, Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • Chelsea Fish, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Federal Project Officer, US Department of Labor
  • Kathryn Gardner-Vandy, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
  • Jessi Goldner, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi/Waseybek, Development Corporation, Director of Compliance, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi/ Waseybek Development Corporation
  • Carly Griffith Hotvedt, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Associate Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
  • Andrea Gusty, Yupik, Athabascan, Village of Aniak, President & CEO, The Kuskokwim Corporation
  • Eva Harvey, Native Village of Kiana, Alaska, Co-Founder, First Alaskans First
  • Kirby Hays, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, President & CEO, Hal Hays Constructions, Inc.
  • Tim Hicks, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Chief Operating Officer – Hospital Services, Muscogee Nation
  • Kandace Howell-Keahbone, Caddo, Director of Operations, Kendra Horn for Senate
  • Thomas Ice, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Small Business Banking Relationship Management Manager (LO), Wells Fargo and Company
  • Sasanehsaeh Jennings, Menominee, Tribal Liaison, University of Wisconsin System
  • Billye Jimerson, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Public Health Administrator, Cherokee Nation Public Health
  • Kelbie Kennedy, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Policy Manager and Policy Lead – National Security and Community Safety, National Congress of American Indians
  • Allison Lampo, Seneca Nation of Indians, Founder & Director of Projects, AMJ Concepts
  • Renee Linton, Organized Village of Grayling, Program Manager, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
  • Johnathon Lopez, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Atlanta Project Manager, Red Alligator LLC
  • Wendy Merrill, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Assistant General Manager, Grand Casino Mille Lacs
  • Cody Minyard, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Attorney at Law/CEO, Cody Minyard, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  • Francine Moreno, Village of Alakanuk, Manager of Utility Operations, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Partner, Pipestem Law P. C.
  • Melissa Peterson, Navajo, Director Tribal Relations, University of Kansas
  • Bryan Polite, Shinnecock Nation, Chairman, Council of Trustees Shinnecock Indian Nation
  • Joannie Suina Romero, Pueblo of Cochiti, Executive Director, Laguna Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Brandi Ross, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Director of Business Development, The Akana Group, Inc.
  • Tessa Sayers, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Director of Marketing, American Indigenous Business Leaders; Owner/Designer/Artist, Soul Curiosity
  • Corey Still, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Director of Student Programming and Research, American Indian Graduate Center
  • Marley Tanner, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Clinical Pharmacist, Indian Health Service, Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital
  • Concetta Tsosie de Haro, Navajo Nation, Democratic Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Shea Vassar Gomez, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Journalist/Critic/Filmmaker, Freelance
  • Brian Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, Chairman/President, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Alex Wesaw, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians , Tribal Council Member At-Large & Director, American Indian Relations Division, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians & Ohio History Connection
  • Carrie Whitlow, Cheyenne & Arapaho/Kiowa/Creek, Executive Director, Cheyenne & Arapaho Department of Education, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe

Nominate someone today for the 2022 class of Native American 40 Under 40!

All Items Must Be Completed For Application Considertion

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