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November 1, 2010 Volume

2010 Class of the Native American 40 Under 40
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NCAIED (The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development) has named the 2010 Native American Forty Under 40 winners:

James Anderson, Choctaw/Ojibwe
Vice President of Training, Lifeskills Center for Business Leaders
 Tsoiara Barrerio, St. Regis Mohawk T
Vice President,
Ongweoweh Corp.
 Notah Begay III, Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta  President, The Notah Begay Foundation
Melinda Danforth,  Oneida
Councilmember, The Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin
Chris Deschene, Navajo
Arizona State Legislator, State of Arizona
Jon Duncan, Tlingit/Haida
 General Manager, Managed Business Solutions
Michael Finley, Colville
Chairman, Colville Tribes  
Antonia Gonzalez, Navajo
National Native News Anchor/Producer,
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
Shauna Hegna, Native Village of Afognak
 Vice President, Afognak Native Corp.
Veronica Hix, Cherokee
 Entrepreneur Development Manager, Cherokee Nation
Karl Jim, Navajo
Owner, 21 Native
Shawn Imitates-Dog, Oglala Sioux 
Sr. Director, Anschutz Entertainment Group
  W. Jacque Jones, Osage/Prarie Band of Potawatomi
 Administrator, Osage Nation Constituent Services Office
 Donald “Del” Laverdure, Crow  Deputy Assistant Director of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior Michael Laverdure, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Director of First American Designs, DSGW Architects
Casey Lozar, Confederate Salish & Kootenai Tribes
 Director of Corporate & Tribal Development, American Indian College Fund
Malonie Mathews, Santa Clara Pueblo
Miss Indian World Pageant Coordinator, Gathering of Nations Limited
 Mackie MoorE, Cherokee
 Bid Assistance Coordinator, Indian Capital Technology Center
 Nicole Meyers-Lim, Pomo – Executive Director, California Indian Museum & Cultural Center James Nye, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa
Owner, Nye & Associates Public Affairs
Jason M. Plamer, Match-E-B-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Business Development Associate, Clark Construction Company
Jon Panamaroff, Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak & Konaig
Project Manager, Koniag Services Inc.
 Shane Parashonts, Cedar Band of Piautes
President, Suhdutsing Telecom, LLC.
 Brandon Polingyumptewa, Hopi Supply Chain Analyst, The Boeing Company
Adam Proctor, UKG/Absentee/Shawnee/Muskogee Creek
 Account Representative, Caddo Solutions
 JR Redwater, Standing Rock Sioux Entertainer/Comedian Randi Rourke Barreiro, Mohawk  Editor, Indian Country Today
Chris Samples, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
President, Red Stone Construction
Brad Scott, Chickasaw Nation President/CEO, Cetan Corporation Kristen Sewell-Foard, Kaw Tribe Owner
   Quanah Spencer,Yakama
Attorney at Law, Williams Kastner
Jamie Stuck, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (NHBP)
 NHBP Tribal Council/Firekeepers
Margaret Stevens, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
 Environmentalist/Graduate Student, University of Kansas
  Yonne Tiger, Muscogee Creek
In-House Counsel, Muskogee (Creek) Nation Council
 Nick Tilsen, Oglala Sioux
 Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
 Kurt Trevan, Match-E–Be-Nash-She Wish Band of Potawatomi – Relationship Manager, Silicon Valley Bank
 Ron Unger, Sugplaq Alutig/Koniag, Afgnak, Woody Island
President/CEO, Worksmart, Inc.
Mellor Willie, Navajo
Executive Director, National American Indian Housing Council
 Spencer Willie, Navajo
Department Manager, Navajo Nation Head Start

Michael Woestehoff, Navajo
– Communications Manager, New West Technologies

The Native American Forty Under 40  highlights 40 American Indian leaders under 40 years of age. All have made outstanding contributions in their businesses, communities and to Indian country.

“We want to continue to recognize the hard work of a diverse group of young Native American leaders,” said Eric S. Trevan from NCAIED. “This year’s elite group includes community organizers, elected officials, policy leaders, entrepreneurs and business professionals who exemplify the spirit of progress in Indian country.”

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