7 Cherokees named NCAIED’s ‘40 under 40’

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/12/2017 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
On Aug. 9, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored seven Cherokees as members of its 2017 class of “Native American 40 Under 40.” COURTESY
MESA, Ariz. – On Aug. 9, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored seven Cherokees as members of its 2017 class of “Native American 40 Under 40.”

This award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their communities.

The seven Cherokees receiving the honor are:

• Roy Boney: Cherokee Nation, program manager at the CN Language Program, from Tahlequah, Oklahoma,

• Hope Huskey: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, associate director of The Sequoyah Fund Inc., from Cherokee, North Carolina,

• Jacob Reed: EBCI, economic analyst for the EBCI Division of Commerce, from Whittier, North Carolina,

• Laura Sawney: CN, compliance and performance officer at Osage Nation Health and Wellness, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma,

• Tralynna Scott: CN, Cherokee Nation Businesses attorney, from Broken Arrow,

• Shaun Shepherd: CN, CNB board of directors member, from Catoosa, Oklahoma, and

• Jessica Tyner Mehta: CN, self-employed business owner, writer and teacher, from Hillsboro, Oregon.

Award winners will be honored Sept. 6 during the inaugural Northwest Enterprise Development Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington.

“The 2017 40 Under 40 award recipients are comprised of a diverse group of young men and women cultivated from across American Indian and Alaska Native communities, each of whom have devoted their skills and resources to enhancing their communities,” NCAIED President and CEO Chris James said. “Whether it’s in business, tribal government, journalism, academia or nonprofits, 40 under 40 winners shining examples for all of us to follow. It is an honor to recognize these exceptional individuals and leaders who will continue to define success for the future of Native American Business.”

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