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News Community 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 recognizes EBCI tribe member

Left to Right: Susan Masten, Joan Timeche, Margo Gray-Proctor, Chairwoman, Jason Lambert, EBCI enrolled member/recipient, John Echohawk, Joel Frank, Clyde Gooden, Litefoot, Kip Ritchie, Richard TallbearEastern Band of the Cherokee Indians tribal member Jason Lambert has been named one of the top emerging American Indian leaders in the nation. Lambert has been named to the 2011 Native American 40 Under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).

Lambert, Economic Development Director for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, is honored to have the opportunity to represent the Tribe at the national level.

“I am extremely honored to have received this award. I feel that it speaks highly of the EBCI and the opportunities that have been developed for enrolled members. This recognition could not have happened if not for the education and employment opportunities afforded me through the tribe. It also speaks to the success of our tribe’s economic development efforts. Overall, it is a great national recognition not only for me, but for our tribe and the path that we are on,” said Lambert.

According to the NCAIED website, The Native American 40 Under 40 recognition was incorporated in 2009 as part of the National Center’s 40th Anniversary. The award highlights 40 existing and emerging American Indian leaders who are under 40 years old and have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication while achieving impressive significant contributions in their businesses, communities and to the Indian Nation.


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