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Press Release


April 17, 2006

(Albuquerque, NM) The American Indian Business Association (AIBA) of the University of New Mexico is hosting its 10th Annual Commemorative Banquet at Sky City Casino in Acoma, NM, on Saturday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. The evening’s program includes dinner, entertainment, and the presentation of AIBA’s annual awards.

Guest speaker and Diné banker Elfonzo Nephew is the Assistant Vice-President of Native American Banking with JP Morgan Chase bank.

This year’s Katchee E. Mitchell Student Leadership Award recipients are:

 Tashina Banks (Cheyenne River Sioux), who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration.
 Patrick Willink (Diné), who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies.
 Shaun Tsabetsaye (Zuni), who is pursuing a master’s degree in Engineering with a Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing concentration.

The student leadership award is available to all American Indian UNM students.

The recipient of the American Indian Entrepreneurial Leadership Award is Gina Euell, the owner and president of Exhibit Solutions of New Mexico, Inc. Euell, who is from the Pueblo of Cochiti, operates her business in Albuquerque.

Tickets are $7 for students with identification, $10 for the general public, and $15 for couples. For more information or for tickets, please contact Jaye Francis, AIBA coordinator, at UNM’s Anderson Schools of Management. Francis can be reached at (505) 277-8889 or at


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.