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Posted: 9/8/2009

Congratulations to former Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Interns - Gabe Galanda (Udall Intern 1998), Jeremy Marshall (Udall Intern 2002), Clara Pratte (Udall Intern 2003) - for being honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in the group of 40 existing and emerging American Indian professionals under the age of 40.


MESA, AZ. August 24, 2009 – In celebration of their 40th anniversary year, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) will honor 40 existing and emerging American Indian professionals under the age of 40 at the black-tie Native American 40 Under 40 Recognition Reception to be held at this year’s 2009 Indian Progress in Business Event (INPRO) in Tulsa, OK, on September 18. The “Native American 40 Under 40” award winners are young American Indian professionals from across the nation who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication to achieve impressive and significant contributions in their businesses, communities, and to Indian Country.

The Native American 40 were nominated and selected based on their demonstration of leadership, initiative and dedication in propelling native businesses and communities towards further progress throughout Indian Country.

The 2009 winners ranged from practicing attorneys to business entrepreneurs to a physician and several Tribal leaders. The winners had to be nominated for the award and then selected by a panel of representatives from the NCAIED. This is the first year that the NCAIED has awarded the 40 under 40 honors. This year’s “Native American 40 Under 40” winners are:

  • Adam Kennedy, Seneca Nations of Indians
    General Manager, Kennedy Wendel
    Amherst, NY

  • Ann Marie Machamer, Coastal Band Chumash Nation
    Director of Institutional Research and Planning, Las Positas College
    San Ramon, CA

  • April Whittemore Locklear, Lumbee
    Clinical Counselor/Substance Abuse Residential Unite, Robeson Health Care Corporation
    Fairmont, NC

  • Brandon YellowBird Stevens, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
    Councilman, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
    Oneida, Wisconsin

  • Brian Busey, Cherokee
    Vice President of Human Resources and Operations, Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma
    Oklahoma City, OK

  • Cara Cowan-Watts, Cherokee
    Council Person, Cherokee Nation
    Claremore, OK

  • Carmen Davis, Makah Nation/Chippewa-Cree/Yakama Tribe
    Vice President, Litefoot Enterprises, LLC
    Seattle, WA

  • Cherrah Quiett, Muscogee (Creek) Nation & Cherokee
    Director of Operations, The Horizon Companies
    Tulsa, OK

  • Chris Province, Cherokee
    Casino Shift Manager, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs
    Claremore, OK

  • Christina S. Theodorou, Lumbee Nation of NC
    Program Manager, NC Indian Economic Development Initiative
    Raleigh, NC

  • Clara Pratte, Navajo
    Director of the Office of Native American Affairs, Small Business Administration
    Washington, DC

  • Craig Cooke, St. Regis Mohawk
    CEO & Co-Founder, Rhythm Interative Inc.
    Irvine, CA

  • Cyrus Ben, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
    Pearl River Rep., CEO/Owner of Choctaw Office Supply, Tribal Council, M.B.C.I
    Choctaw, MS

  • Danelle Smith, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
    Partner, Law Firm of Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan
    Winnebago, NE

  • Deborah Reed, Cherokee
    Legal Assistant, Cherokee Nation Business, LLC
    Catoosa, OK

  • Donna Bach, Oorutsaramiut Native Council - Yupik Eskimo-Calista Region
    Director of Public Relations, Yukon-Kushokwin Health Corp.
    Bethel, AK

  • Douglas Fifer, CIRI
    Owner, Police Officer, Director, Wine Styles, Anchorage Police Dept. Cook Inlet Region Incorporated
    Anchorage, AK

  • Gabriel Galanda, Round Valley Indian Tribe
    Member, Williams Kastner
    Seattle, WA

  • Gena Timberman, Choctaw
    Executive Director, Native American Cultural and Education Authority
    Oklahoma City, OK

  • James Anderson, Choctaw/Ojibwe
    Director of Education and Head Trainer, Lifeskills Center for Business Leadership
    Minneapolis, MN

  • James Robinson, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
    President, Choctaw Ikhana Laboratory Services, Inc.
    Choctaw, MS

  • Jason Coochwytewa, Isleta Pueblo/Hopi
    President/Owner, Red Note, Inc.
    Tempe, AZ

  • Jason Giles, Muscogee (Creek)
    Deputy Executive Director/General Council, National Indian Gaming Association
    Washington, DC

  • Jeremy Marshall, Cherokee Nation
    Student Program Assistant, University of Wisconsin Remington Center
    Madison, WI

  • Jessica Moore, Osage/Otoe/Pawnee/Sac & Fox
    Student/Extern, 5th Year Landscape Architecture Student-Oklahoma State University
    Fairfax, OK

  • Kerry Patterson, Seneca
    Associate, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Kimberly Teehee, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
    Senior Advisor on Native American Affairs, The White House Domestic Policy Council
    Washington, DC

  • Nikishna Polequaptewa, Hopi
    Director of American Indian Resource Program, University of Califonia Irvine
    Irvine, CA

  • Philip Busey, Cherokee
    Vice President of Communication, Busey Group of Companies
    Oklahoma City, OK

  • Richard Tall Bear, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
    Owner and President, The Tall Bear Group
    Los Angeles, CA

  • Robin Williams, Kiowa/Apache/Nez Perce/Umatilla/Assiniboine
    Sr. Academic Counselor, Oklahoma State University
    Stillwater, OK

  • Sahar Nouri, MD, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
    Physician, Indian Health Services
    Fort Defiance, AZ

  • Sarah Lukin, Native Village of Afognak
    Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association
    Washington DC

  • Stacey Thunder, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
    General Council, General Council to Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

  • Stuart Paisano, Pueblo of Sandia
    Councilmember, Pueblo of Sandia
    Bernalillo, New Mexico

  • Tiffany Ellis, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
    Public Relations Manager, River Spirit Casino
    Tulsa, OK

  • Vernelle Chase, Gros-Ventre
    Tribal Liaison, The Flintco Companies, Incorporated
    Tulsa, OK

  • Veronica Hix, Cherokee
    Entrepreneur Development Manager, Cherokee Nation (Commerce Group) Tahlequah, OK

  • Wayne Don, Cupik
    Chairman, NIMA Corporation
    Anchorage, AK

  • Zackeree Kelin, Caddo Nation
    Managing Attorney, DNA-People's Legal Services, Inc.
    Window Rock, AZ

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