American Indian Graduate Center elects Steve Stallings as first board member emeritus

AIGC Emeritus Steve Stallings

Steve Stallings - Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

Former AIGC board member honored as the inaugural board member emeritus

Albuquerque, New Mexico – November 13, 2019 – Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians) was named the first American Indian Graduate Center board member emeritus.

Formerly the organization’s board treasurer, Stallings utilized his talents and skills in the banking sector to support American Indian Graduate Center’s growth and development. He is an elected Tribal Council Member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, where he serves on the Tribe’s Investment Committee as well as the Council Delegate to the Tribal Enterprise Board overseeing Harrah’s Southern California Resort, the largest tribal resort hotel in California. He also represents the Tribal Council on the Tribe’s private equity fund, First Nations Capital Partners, the nation’s only tribally controlled intertribal fund.

“Mr. Stallings’ dedication to American Indian Graduate Center is immeasurable. His advocacy work on behalf of Indian country aligns with our mission and vision as we continue our 50-year legacy of supporting American Indian and Alaska Native students throughout their educational and professional endeavors. We are honored to have him to continue serving on our board as a member emeritus,” said Angelique Albert, American Indian Graduate Center Executive Director.

To honor American Indian Graduate Center’s past and present leadership, the board recently adopted a new honorary title known as the board member emeritus. This is a congratulatory lifetime membership in recognition of the individual’s active participation, financial contribution or continuing interest in support of American Indian Graduate Center’s mission and vision.

For nearly 45 years, Stallings has served Indian Country in banking, developing Native businesses and expanding economic development opportunities for Native people. Additionally, he was president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise

Development and its predecessor organization, the United Indian Development Association (UIDA). During his 20-year tenure, he helped hundreds of emerging Native entrepreneurs. Stallings’ service on the executive board has supported American Indian Graduate Center’s efforts to form partnerships and procure millions of dollars in scholarship money – marking him as an ideal board member emeritus.

About the American Indian Graduate Center

American Indian Graduate Center is a national private 501(c)(3) non-profit providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional students throughout the United States. American Indian Graduate Center and American Indian Graduate Center Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States. They award over $15 million in scholarships annually and have awarded more than $200 million in scholarships since inception. They are proud to empower Native students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states through educational funding and support services. For more information please visit