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Staff member wins 'Native American 40 Under 40' honor

Nikishna Polequaptewa, director of the American Indian Resource Program at UC Irvine, has been selected for "Native American 40 Under…

September 2, 2009

Nikishna Polequaptewa, director of the American Indian Resource Program at UC Irvine, has been selected for “Native American 40 Under 40” recognition by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. The honor, new this year, is reserved for outstanding young Native Americans who have distinguished themselves in their community and/or profession. Recipients will be feted at a special reception prior to the Indian Progress in Business awards banquet Sept. 18 in Tulsa, Okla. A Hopi tribe member, Polequaptewa graduated from UCI in 2005 and earned the campus’s 2008 Living Our Values Award for his efforts to “create an American Indian presence on campus and in the community.”