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American Indian Business Association To Hold The 6th Annual Commemorative Banquet

April 16, 2002

The American Indian Business Association will hold its 6th Annual Commemorative Banquet on Friday, May 3, 2002 at the Sandia Casino from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s theme is "Our Vision, Our Traditions, Our Future." The purpose of this event is to recognize the University of New Mexico’s American Indian graduates, reflect on AIBA's achievements, and honor American Indian leaders & businesses. The Keynote Speaker is Ms. Verna Williamson Teller, former Governor of Isleta Pueblo and Owner/Operator of AVT Enterprises, a 100% native-owned training and consulting firm based out of Isleta Pueblo.

This event will include the 2nd Annual American Indian Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, which is presented to an American Indian business person who has made significant contributions to the tribal community. Last year’s recipient was Mr. David Melton of Laguna Pueblo and CEO of Diversified Manufacturing Systems. Student leadership awards will also be presented to American Indian students to recognize and honor their academic achievements and the contributions they have made to their respective communities.

The American Indian Business Association was founded in 1994 and has worked toward providing American Indian students with the access to education at UNM, with the efforts focusing on recruitment and retention, increasing the graduation rate of American Indian students and providing a link for students to the business and tribal communities.

This celebration is open to the public. Tickets for the banquet, which include dinner and entertainment, are $25.00 and can be purchased at the AIBA office at UNM’s Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management. 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.