John Echohawk, NARF Executive Director, was honored with the Tribal Leadership Award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) in Las Vegas in mid-March. Echohawk was honored at the Res2007 Conference which is the largest and longest-running business and trade fair in the United States. The event is organized annually by NCAIED. More than 2,500 Tribal and Indian business leaders and Fortune 500 Companies attended the conference this year.
John Echohawk and NARF were honored at the Res2007 Awards Banquet attended by more than 750 tribal and business leaders. David Lester (Muscogee Creek), Executive Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) and NCAIED board member presented the award to Echohawk. During his award presentation speech, Lester spoke of the profound impact that Echohawk and NARF’s leadership had on tribal sovereignty and economic development success in Indian Country over the last 36 years. It was also noted by Lester that John Echohawk has also served as a board member of NCAIED for 20 years. He has been a tireless advocate for tribal sovereignty and the opportunities it brings to tribes and Indian Country for economic self-sufficiency and the creation of sustainable tribal economies. Echohawk and NARF received a touching standing ovation from NCAIED membership and Indian and non-Indian business leaders in attendance. Five other Indian and non-Indian business and tribal leaders were also honored at the Res 2007 Awards.