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Press Release


April 23, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Indian Business Association (AIBA) at The University of New Mexico’s Anderson Schools of Management will host its 5th Annual Commemorative Banquet on May 4, 2001 at the Prairie Star restaurant at Santa Ana Pueblo.

Using principles learned through the course of their education at The Anderson Schools, students have organized this event to recognize graduates, reflect on AIBA’s achievements, and honor Native American leaders and businesses.

A reception will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. and the banquet will follow from 7 – 10 p.m. Harlan McKosato, host of the nationally syndicated radio show Native American Calling, will be Master of Ceremonies.

Founded in 1994, AIBA has worked toward providing Native American students with access to education at UNM, with efforts focusing on recruitment and retention, increasing the graduation rate of Native American students and providing a link for students to the business and tribal communities.

The group’s accomplishments have included an increase in the organization’s membership, obtaining several grants, initiating an American Indian Business and Management course at The Anderson Schools, and having three members publish papers in national journals, one of which is being used in a business textbook on organizational diversity.

In addition to providing a chance for students to meet professional business people and prospective employers, this year’s celebration will also include the inaugural presentation of the American Indian Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. This award will be presented to a tribal businessperson who has made significant contributions to their community.

The banquet is not only intended as a celebration, but as a learning tool and networking opportunity. Students will learn what makes businesses successful, UNM faculty and staff will learn how to better meet the needs of Native American students, and tribal leaders and business entities can build networks and contacts and present and stress the importance of tribal economic development.

This celebration is open and the public is invited to attend. Tickets for the banquet, which include the reception, a sit-down dinner, and entertainment, are $50.

Tickets can be purchased at the AIBA office at UNM. For more information, please call (505) 277-8447 or email


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.