The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) announced the 2021 class of Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients. The Native American 40 Under 40 awards represent the best and brightest emerging Indian Country leaders. Every year, 40 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian leaders under the age of 40 are inducted in recognition of their leadership, initiative, and dedication, and for making significant contributions in their business and/or in their community. Award winners include leaders working in numerous fields including academia, government, non-profits, tourism, nature conservation, technology, and more.
This year, The National Center will resume the tradition of honoring Native American 40 Under 40 awardees during an in-person reception on Friday, December 10, 6:00PM—9:30PM MST, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa, AZ. To learn more about attending the 2021 Native American 40 Under 40 reception, click here. Similar to the 2020 class, the 2021 class of Native American 40 Under 40 recipients have displayed resiliency and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Center looks forward to celebrating the 2021 class.
“Every year we recognize 40 young Indian Country leaders who are paving new paths and opening new possibilities for their communities,” said National Center President and CEO Chris James. “The 2021 40 Under 40 class is showing future generations of Native leaders how hard work, perseverance, and dedication to your community and profession can pay dividends. We’re excited to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2021 class in person again, and I look forward to learning even more about the impressive work they’re doing on December 10. We hope this award continues to inspire generations of young American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian leaders to continue to dream big.”
Visit NCAIED’s website to learn more about the 40 Under 40 award recipients.