March 17, 2009

Business summit gives awards

RES 2009 awards outstanding Indian country business leaders, advocatesRon Solimon, the outgoing chairman of NCAIED’s board of directors, presented the Corporate Advocate of the Year Award to Raytheon, one of the major sponsors of RES 2009.

Margo Gray-Proctor, the new chairwoman of NCAIED’s board of directors, presented the American Indian Tribal Leadership Award to Richard Bowers Jr., the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the summit’s other main sponsor.

Actor/musician Litefoot presented Indian Country Today with the Tribal Enterprise of the Year Award.

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. presented the Tribal Gaming Visionary Business Empowerment Award to Keith Anderson, secretary treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community.

Robert Harrison, Standing Rock Sioux, the owner of the Red Cloud Food Service, received the American Indian Business of the Year Award.

Elsie Meeks, the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta, received the Public Advocate of the Year Award for her support of American Indian business and economic development.

Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole received the Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of Indian country.

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