AIGC E-Newsletter – October 5, 2017

 October 2017 Newsletter #1 In This AIGC E-News

  • Free College Workshop for High School Students
  • AIGC is Hiring Development Director
  • AIGC Magazine is Seeking Stories and Advertisers
  • “Credit Builder” Webinar hosted by Wells Fargo
  • Project Dragonfly Student Travel Opportunity
  • About AIGC

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AIGC E-Newsletter – September 21, 2017

In This AIGC E-News

  • Free KBUG Workshop for High School Students in WI
  • AIGC is Hiring Development Director
  • American Indian Law Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • Native American Scholarships for ASU Students
  • “Credit Builder” Webinar hosted by Wells Fargo
  • About AIGC

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AIGC E-Newsletter – September 11, 2017

In This AIGC E-News

  • AIGC Presents Students of The Month
  • Free College Workshop for High School Students
  • AIGC is Hiring Development Director
  • American Indian Law Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary
  • The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference
  • “Building Your Leadership Brand” Webinar hosted by Wells Fargo
  • About AIGC

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August Graduate

Daniel Henry

St. John ND
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
AIGC Fellowship

Concordia University
Doctorate of Educational Leadership
GPA 3.8

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AIGC E-Newsletter – August 28, 2017

In This AIGC E-News:

  • AIGC Graduate Funding Opportunity
  • Free College Workshop for High School Students
  • AIGC is Hiring Development Director and Marketing Director
  • Holly Cook Macarro Nationally Recognized
  • Congratulations Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients
  • Top 10 Tips for Surviving Graduate School
  • The “American Indian Graduate” Magazine is available online!
  • “Building Your Leadership Brand” Webinar hosted by Wells Fargo
  • About AIGC

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AIGC E-Newsletter – August 11, 2017

In This AIGC E-News

  • AIGC is Hiring Development Director and Marketing Director
  • The “American Indian Graduate” Magazine is available online!
  • AIGC at the Santa Fe Indian Market
  • AIGC Students of The Month
  • Spirit of Eagles National Conference 2017
  • “Building Your Leadership Brand” Webinar hosted by Wells Fargo

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The American Indian Graduate Magazine Fall 2017

The American Indian Graduate Magazine Fall 2017– Inside this Issue:

  • President’s Message
  • A Message from the Executive Director
  • 9th Annual AIGC Reception
  • From GED to Graduate Degree
  • It’s Okay to Cry and Ask for Help
  • #MakingTheGrad
  • ANAHSAT
  • And more…

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July Graduate

Tosa Two Heart

Kyle, South Dakota
Oglala Lakota

AIGC Fellowship, Loan For Service
Bentley University
Management/Leadership

GPA 3.67

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AIGC Board President Nationally Recognized

August 3, 2017

Contact: Stephine Poston (505) 379-6172; stephposton@msn.com

American Indian Graduate Center Board President Nationally Recognized

Holly Cook Macarro Honored at Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN)

Isleta Pueblo, NM – August 3, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) congratulates Board President, Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) who was honored this week by Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN), a national organization committed to leadership, tribal culture, community and family.

“President Cook-Macarro is a tremendous leader and advocate in Indian Country.  She has been instrumental in taking AIGC to the next level of service and scholarships for our students. I am extremely proud of her, she is an inspiration to native women and tribal people across this country.  I cannot think of a more deserving person of the prestigious recognition,” stated Angelique Albert, AIGC’s Executive Director.

Cook Macarro is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with BBA and University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA.  She has a successful track record of orchestrating outreach voter empowerment campaigns for federal elections, as well as advocating for various tribal issues including playing a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The AIGC Board of Directors also includes Joel Frank (Vice President)/Seminole Tribe of Florida, Steve Stallings (Secretary-Treasurer)/Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, Stacy Leeds/Cherokee, Danna Jackson/Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Walter Lamar/Blackfeet, Wichita, Dana Arviso/ Diné, Ernie L. Stevens Jr./ Oneida Nation and Aurene Martin/Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC and AIGC Scholars is the largest scholarship provider to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students in the United States.  AIGC and AIGC Scholars have funded over 13,000 students and awarded over $200 million in scholarships since inception.

Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American student.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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June Graduate

Rebecca St. Germaine

Hayward, WI
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe/Oklahoma Choctaw Nation

Loan for Service
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Pharmacy
PHD SAPH
GPA: 4

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AIGC E-Newsletter – July 10, 2017

In This AIGC E-News:

  • AISES National Conference Travel Scholarships
  • SACNAS Travel Scholarship National Diversity in Stem Conference
  • WEWIN National Conference
  • Solar Corps Fellowships
  • Wells Fargo Webinar: “Salary vs. Value”
  • Wells Fargo Summer Financial Analyst Diversity Forum
  • Spring 2017 American Indian Graduate Magazine
  • About AIGC

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American Indian Graduate Center Names New Board President

Holly Cook Macarro Will Lead National Native Scholarship Organization

 Holly Cook Macarro & Rose Graham Photo, left to right: Holly Cook Macarro & Rose Graham.

Albuquerque, NM – May 30, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) recently elected Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) President of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Cook Macarro is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with BBA and University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA.  She has a successful track record of orchestrating outreach voter empowerment campaigns for federal elections, as well as advocating for various tribal issues including playing a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“First, thank you to our outgoing President Rose Graham (Navajo) for her steady leadership and service to our organization,” stated Angelique Albert, AIGC’s Executive Director.  “Holly Cook Macarro will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge as we strengthen our fundraising efforts to provide more undergraduate and graduate scholarships,” added Albert.

Cook Macarro stated, “It’s an exciting time for AIGC.  We have a nearly 50-year legacy of providing higher education scholarships and services to Indian students to build upon.  As we move toward this important anniversary milestone, our mission is to continue to encourage Native students to pursue higher education and to be ready with scholarships that meet their needs.”

The AIGC Board Vice President is Joel Frank and Secretary-Treasurer is Steve Stallings.  Continuing Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita) and Dana Arviso (Diné).  Newly elected to the Board of Directors is Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), President of Spirit Rock Consulting Incorporated.  She has extensive experience in Federal Indian Law and Policy, having served in several Tribal and Federal key government positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.  AIGC Scholars is the American Indian and Alaska Native partner in the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholars Program.   AIGC and AIGC Scholars have funded almost 13,000 students and awarded nearly $200 million in scholarships since inception.

Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American student.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 | www.aigcs.org

April Graduate

Tyler Hallmark

Mannford, Oklahoma
Cherokee

Gates Millennium Program
University of Pennsylvania
International Educational Development

GPA 3.8

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March Graduate

Tyler Parisien

Belcourt, ND
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Gates Millennium Program
AIGC Fellowship

Concordia University Portland
Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.
GPA 3.96
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AIGC E-Newsletter – March 30, 2017

Read the AIGC E-Newsletter OnlineIn This AIGC E-News:

  • Spring 2017 American Indian Graduate Magazine
  • 2017 National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
  • Savings and Investing (Free) Webinar
  • AIGC’s Fellowship scholarship Now Open!
  • Join AIGC’s 9th Annual Reception & Silent Auction!
  • AIGC’s Student of the Month!
  • About AIGC

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American Indian Graduate Center Welcomes New Executive Director

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Angelique Albert, Joins National Native Scholarship Organization

Albuquerque, NM – February 2, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), is pleased to announce and welcome Angelique Albert (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) as the new executive director.

AIGC is embarking on a 50-year legacy of providing higher education scholarships and services to Indian students.  “Ms. Albert is a perfect fit for the organization bringing over 20 years’ experience in executive management of non-profits, philanthropy, and tribal education,” stated Rose Graham, AIGC Board of Directors President.

Graham added, “AIGC is not your ordinary scholarship provider.  It prides itself in providing services and resources to ensure students stay in college successfully.  This requires an understanding of Indian student’s unique circumstances.  We view Ms. Albert’s appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the premier scholarship provider for Indian students.”

Ms. Albert has dedicated her professional career in service to tribal communities and creating positive impacts.  Most recently, she has served as Executive Director of Salish Kootenai College Foundation.  “AIGC alumni are doctors, attorneys, scientists and tribal leaders making positive impacts across the country.  I’m honored to continue the organization’s work of building capacity in Indian Country through education,” Albert said.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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January Undergraduate

Gavin Brucklacher

Philip, SD
Pine Ridge – Oglala Sioux
Gates Millennium Program
Black Hills State University
Business Administration – Economics/Finance & Entrepreneurship
GPA 3.96
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AIGC E-Newsletter – January, 2016

power-of-scholarshipIn This AIGC E-News

  • AIGC Announces New Board Member
  • 2016 Year-End Annual Appeal
  • AIGC Student of the Month! #MakingTheGrad
  • Information Technology Internship
  • College Horizons Webinar
  • Fall 2016 Issue of The American Indian Graduate Magazine
  • About AIGC

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American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board Member

Ernie L. Stevens JrErnie L. Stevens Jr., Joins Cast of Leaders in Native Scholarship Organization

Albuquerque, NM – January 5, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization embarking on a 50-year legacy of scholarships to Indian students welcomes Ernie L. Stevens Jr. (Oneida Nation) to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Stevens is currently serving his eighth two-year term as the Chairman and national spokesperson for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).  “Mr. Stevens has a phenomenal record of advocating for sovereignty and economic development and a huge proponent of education for building tribal capacity.  He’s a respected, results driven tribal leader and we are excited to have him on the Board,” said Rose Graham (Diné) AIGC Board President.

Joan Currier, AIGC’s Interim Executive Director stated, “In order for AIGC to build the most effective program to support up-and-coming leaders in Indian Country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian Country.  We are delighted Mr. Stevens will formally continue his ongoing support of the organization.”

Ernie Stevens Jr. stated, “The path to educational opportunities has always been a professional priority of mine.  Early in my career I was on a team that challenged the educational system to be more inclusive of the non-traditional student.  Even though I worked in a traditional environment as a coach, teacher and recruitment specialist, we were trying to find a way to better serve Indian Country.

A lot has changed over the years.  Technological advances and online resources have made educational opportunities more available.  Regardless of this success, continued growth utilizing these resources remains a priority.  When you put scholarship opportunities, like those established by AIGC and determined Native educators together it is sure to produce significant and positive impact.  Indian education has come a long way, and AIGC has played a strong role in that growth and I am excited to join this team.

My commitment to serve on the AIGC board is driven by the teachings of my father, Ernie Stevens, Sr., who accomplished a lot of great work throughout this country.  Whether it was during his tenure in Washington, DC, his work throughout Indian Country, or his legacy right here at home in Oneida, education and business development was always his priority.  Ernie, Sr. was on the ground floor of this organization making higher education for Indian students attainable through scholarships and student services.  Advancing the educational and business opportunities for Indian country was always his passion, and I am excited to carry on that legacy.”

Stevens will join a diverse, experienced and dedicated Board.   Rose Graham (Diné) is Board President, Joel M. Frank, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) is Vice President and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) is Secretary-Treasurer. Board Members at Large are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).


About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

Staff Kudos!

josh-lucio-recieving-special-contribution-to-indian-education-award-from-u-of-a-alumni-associationRecently AIGC’s very own, Josh Lucio (Pueblo of Zuni), was recognized by University of Arizona, American Indian Alumni Club for his exemplary special contributions to Indian education. Josh is the Program Associate for Scholarships and Programs.
sara-labarge-40-under-40-awardSara LaBarge (Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin), Academic Advisor for the AIGC Scholars was named one of forty emerging leaders under 40 in Indian Country by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). This prestigious award recognizes these leaders for their demonstrated, initiative, and dedication to their communities.

The American Indian Graduate Magazine Fall 2016

The American Indian Graduate Magazine Fall 2016The American Indian Graduate Magazine Fall 2016 — Inside this Issue:

  • President’s Message
  • A Message from the Director
  • Fracturing Families
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization
  • ANAHSAT
  • Achieving through Healing, Hozho
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • AIGC Installs New Board Leadership
  • And more…

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American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

Board of Directors at Native Scholarship Organization Represent a Breadth of Expertise.

American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

Albuquerque, NM – August 8, 2016 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recently announced the installment of its newest board leadership – Rose Graham (Diné) as Board President, Joel M. Frank, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) as Vice President and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) as Secretary-Treasurer.

“To support up-and-coming leaders in Indian Country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian Country,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Our newly-appointed board leadership and incumbent board members bring diversity in industry, geography and expertise to AIGC to ensure we continue to serve our students in the best ways possible.”

Graham, who served as vice president of the board in the previous term, is the Director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance in Window Rock, AZ, which serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post-secondary education. Prior to this, Graham worked with the Navajo Nation Council for nine years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisory and Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College.

Incoming Board Vice President Frank served as a board member in the previous term. Frank has committed his career to the furtherance of tribal self-determination, economic prosperity and community development for all of Native American Tribes.

Incoming Secretary-Treasurer Stallings’ background is in American Indian economic development, including past positions as president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, senior vice president at Wells Fargo, secretary-treasurer on the AIGC Board, chairman of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, and Native American community development officer at the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. He served as a board member during the previous term.

Continuing as Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).

“We extend a special recognition to outgoing Board President Michael Bird,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Mr. Bird served AIGC with outstanding leadership, thoughtful perspective, and joyful camaraderie. He left his stamp on AIGC and we grateful for his commitment to our organization.”

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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Admissions program focuses on cultural identity

Native American students learn about admissions, maintaining cultural identity at Lawrence University

Story Highlights

  • Sophie Skenandore-Wheelock, 17, of Oneida, attended the College Horizons program at Lawrence.
  • The program brought 86 students from around the U.S. to Lawrence last week.
  • The program guides Native American students through the college admissions process.
  • It also helps them learn more about their cultural identities and how to maintain them in college.

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The First Lady’s Unforgettable Day at Santa Fe Indian School

14 Images from the First Lady’s Unforgettable Day at Santa Fe Indian School

Santa Fe Indian School Principal Dr. Felisa Gulibert used the word “elation” to describe her school’s response to hearing that First Lady Michelle Obama had accepted their invitation to speak at the May 23 commencement ceremony. And the day was as magical as they all anticipated.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/05/28/14-images-first-ladys-unforgettable-day-santa-fe-indian-school-164629

Mescalero senior wins Bill Gates Scholarship

Dave Tomlin, Ruidoso News       May 10, 2016

Albert ValdezA Mescalero High School senior has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar, an honor that comes with a guarantee of full financial support for his college and post-graduate studies and an array of other services and benefits.

“It pays for everything,” said Albert Valdez, “tuition, meal plans, housing, plus tutoring and mentoring.”

Underwritten by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Valdez’s scholarship is one of 1,000 awarded this year, winners culled from a record 53,000 applicants nationwide, “one of the most competitive candidate groups in the program’s history,” according to the notice he received.

Also perhaps one of the luckiest. Valdez and the other 999 recipients named this year are receiving the very last grants from the $1.6 billion program.

“It was a 20-year investment, or until the money ran out,” Christa Moya, the program’s director of financial aid and student services, told the Navajo Times recently. “It’s been darned near 20 years.”

The scholarship’s website says it “was established in 1999 to provide outstanding, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with significant financial need an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.”

Valdez, who is Chiricahua Apache on his mother’s side, plans to study computer science, specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence. He said he’ll get his undergraduate degree in engineering with a minor in business from New Mexico State University, then go on to the University of Wisconsin for his master’s, which the Gates program will also cover.

The youngest of five siblings and the first in his family to go to college, Valdez has worked hard for his achievements. But his counselor, Lisa Morales, said he has also found time and energy to help and mentor his classmates and to assist teachers in trouble shooting their desktop computers and PowerPoint presentations.

“I have a lot of confidence in him,” she said. “I’m going to really miss him.”

Valdez appreciates knowing that the Gates guarantee could carry him all the way to a PhD, but he said he doesn’t plan to go for one.

“You don’t have to decide that right now,” Morales quickly interjected. “You may change your mind by then.”

While that may be true, Valdez has been very clear for some time about his ambitions and goals.

“I’ve been fascinated with robots since I was a freshman,” he said.

His ambition is to develop a machine equipped with a level of artificial intelligence “that can create and think for itself, function just like a human being does.” With such a robot, he said, “instead of taking steps forward with technology, we could take leaps.”

A fan of science fiction literature, Valdez acknowledged the risk that he might be creating a machine that would take over the world and kick human beings to the curb, but that doesn’t faze him.

“That’s always a problem, but I’m curious,” he said with a grin.

Valdez chose New Mexico State partly on the strength of its engineering program and partly because he was persuaded it would be smart to stay close to home for the first part of his college career. He picked Wisconsin for his post-grad work after attending its Engineering Summer Program last year.

“I met a lot of the professors,” he said. “Plus the food was good.”

10th Annual NM Native American Economic Summit

2016 10th Annual New Mexico Native American Economic Summit

‘Celebrating 10 Years of Economic Impact: Building Partners for Youth & Indian Country’

Guu waa dzi zi hauba !  Greetings from the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of NM.  We Welcome you to our newly designed Registration Portal.   Over 2 1/2 Days, we will host our 2016 Summit Opening Reception, 10th Annual Golf Classic, Roundtable / Panel Discussions,  5 ‘Impact 2016’ Initiative Sessions and will have over 85 Resource Partners.

In the spirit of ‘Collaboration’, we have teamed up with the NMSBDC Network to host the 2016 NM Small Business Week Awards Celebration Luncheon.  Please take time to register your organization and Thank you for your Support !

Start your Registration for our 10th Annual Economic Summit by visiting our website : www.nmnaec.com/default.aspx