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The National Center is proud to announce that April Tinhorn, Owner of Tinhorn Consulting, LLC, was recently recognized as the Arizona State University’s Native American Alumni Chapter Alumnus of the Year!

Raised on the beautiful Hualapai Indian reservation, April (Hualapai/Navajo/Chinese) always had a thirst for knowledge, which led her to earn a B.S. from Arizona State University and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in computer science.  April’s 22-year professional adventure includes jobs as a web programmer at the National Security Agency, an IBM software engineer, an Indian Health Service web master, and later an executive for the Native Learning Center (NLC).

In 2010, April created Tinhorn Consulting, LLC, where she energizes and strengthens movement in tribal communities through cultural strategic planning, digital storytelling, web development, and training services. As a reformed computer-scientist-turned-business-owner, she has helped the Tohono O’odham Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, and Gila River Indian Community connect with others by creating websites and marketing strategies since 2009.  The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona (AICCAz) recognized Tinhorn Consulting as the “2017 American Indian Business of the Year.”

Her professional affiliations and achievements include representing the business sector as a Fellow at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, an adjunct faculty at Mira Costa College, Vice President of the Phoenix American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional Chapter, Grand Canyon Resort Corporation Board of Director, Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassador Leadership Program, AICCAz member, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority Beta Kappa Chapter, a former Miss Indian Arizona State University, and of course one of our 40 under 40 honorees. April is most joyful when laughing with her daughter, Zoey Bear, and retired Marine husband, Sam.

April was honored at the 24th Annual Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner on October 27th. The Benefit celebrated the academic achievements of current ASU Students by awarding scholarships.

We are very proud of April and all of her accomplishments.