4 Cherokees named Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients

09/20/2018 08:30 AM
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Four Cherokee Nation citizens have been named to the 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 class by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. COURTESY
MESA, Az. – Four Cherokee Nation citizens have been named to the 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 class by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Jordan Barlow, Mary Charlotte Grayson, Howard Paden and Sydney Smith were among the 40 Native Americans under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and have made significant contributions in business and their community, according to a NCAIED press release.

Barlow is the population health coordinator at INTEGRIS Miami Hospital in Miami, Oklahoma. Grayson is the tradeshow coordinator for the National Indian Gaming Association in Washington, D.C. Paden, of Rose, Oklahoma, is the program manager for the CN’s Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, and Smith is the found and CEO of RISE Center for Recovery in Las Vegas.

“The 2018 40 Under 40 award recipients are made up of a diverse group of young women and men cultivated from across American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” NCAIED President and CEO Chris James said. “Each of these individuals has deveoted their sills and resources to enhancing their communities. From business, academia, health care, tribal government, politics, nonprofits, journalism, the law, finance and marketing, 40 Under 40 winners are shining examples for all of us to follow.”

Award winners will be recognized Oct. 29-30 at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa. The event – “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership” – will be held in conjunction with the NCAIED’s Native Edge Institute, a one-day training session focused specifically on procurement.

This is the 10th year the NCAIED has issued a 40 Under 40 list. Past and present awardees will have the opportunity to participate in programming to provide professional development, networking, leadership and mentorship opportunities.


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