The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) recently announced the tribal leaders, enterprises and individuals it will recognize at the 26th Annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES 2012), to be held February 27 through March 1 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The NCAIED selects RES honorees for their commitment to economic and enterprise development within their respective communities.
This year’s conference is themed “Indigenous Economic Globalization Now. Empower. Create. Innovate” to capture “the celebratory spirit of the new 2012 location, the growth of RES, as well as the global growth and success of Indian Country business,” states a RES press release.
American Indian Leadership Award
The NCAIED is honoring Lynn Valbuena, vice chairwoman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for her “outstanding leadership in support of American Indian business and economic development endeavors in tribal communities,” the release states.
The active tribal leader’s resume lists an array of leadership responsibilities. In addition to serving her second consecutive term as her tribe’s vice chairwoman, Valbuena is a delegate from her tribe to the National Congress of American Indians and the chair of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, amongst other positions. An avid volunteer, Valbuena also devotes her time to the Autry National Center, the San Bernardino Valley Lighthouse for the Blind, the Native American Advisory Committee at the University of California-Riverside, and the San Bernardino YMCA and Indian Health Board, reported Casino Enterprise Management.
The NCAIED will present Valbuena with her award on Tuesday, February 28 at the 8 a.m. morning general session.
Tribal Enterprise of the Year Award
John Berrey, chairman of the Quawpaw Tribe, which operates the Downstream Casino Resort, will receive the Tribal Enterprise of the Year Award for demonstrating altruism and providing a positive impact for the tribe’s efforts to assist the Joplin, Missouri community in the aftermath of tornado devastation.
His award will be presented Wednesday, February 29 at 8 a.m.
Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award
Edward H. Hall III, transportation specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will receive the Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award for his demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of American Indian business and economic development as the MIB Division of Transportation in Washington D.C.
His award will be presented Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m.
National Native American Woman Owned Business Award
Lori Nalley, president and owner of Tiger Natural Gas, Inc., demonstrates exemplary dedication to the development of economic and community well-being through support of tribal communities and the creation of economic infrastructure.
Her award will be presented on Wednesday, February 29 at noon during the Women’s Luncheon.
Tribal Gaming Visionary & Small Business Empowerment Award
Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation, will accept the Tribal Gaming Visionary & Small Business Empowerment Award for Chickasaw Gaming Enterprises. The award is given to a leader in the Indian Gaming industry who demonstrates innovation and exemplary support for American Indian owned businesses in an effort to create sound economies for tribal nations and the communities in which Indian Gaming is a driving force in growing infrastructure.
He will accept his award on Wednesday, February 29 at 8 a.m.
Congressional LIfetime Achievement Award
The NCAIED will recognize U.S. Representative Don Young, (R-Alaska), for his lifelong dedication to the success of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and to the American Indian communities we serve. Sen.
Young will accept his award Tuesday, February 28 at 8 a.m.
American Indian Business Owner of the Year Award
Walter Lamar with Lamar Associates will accept the American Indian Business Owner of the Year Award on Wednesday, February 29 at 8 a.m.
The award is given to a profitable business owned and operated by American Indians, which demonstrates excellent corporate citizenship to the surrounding communities.
Corporate Advocate of the Year Award
Michael Pagliaro, the program manager of Global Supplier Diversity at IBM, has demonstrated excellent leadership on behalf of American Indian/Alaskan Native businesses and the economic development of tribal communities, states the NCAIED release.
The award will be presented on Wednesday, February 29 at noon.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Penny Belcourt, member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation, has contributed a significant amount of time, energy and resources toward the progress of American Indian business development.
She will accept her award on Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m. during the general closing session.