AZ American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards

Each year we host a dinner to celebrate those in the American Indian community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the advancement, promotion, and development of the cultural, educational, social, economic, or political welfare of the American Indian Community or have provided significant contributions to the local American Indian economy.

The Phoenix Indian Center proudly announces the 2018 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership awardees! The honorees will be recognized at a dinner on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We invite you to join us in honoring and celebrating their accomplishments!

2018 Award Recipients:


Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement
Baje Whitethorne, Sr (Navajo), Renowned Navajo Artist


Phyllis J Bigpond Lifetime Achievement
Delia Carlyle (Ak-Chin Indian Community), Tribal Council Member


Spirit of the Heard Award (presented by the Heard Museum)
LuAnn Leonard


Man of the Year
Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui), Guitarist


Woman of the Year
Dawn Melvin (Navajo), Tribal Tourism Relations Manager


Business of the Year
KUYI Hopi Radio


Volunteer of the Year
Phoenix Indian Medical Center Auxiliary


Friend of the Community
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives


Female College Student of the Year
Jennifer Jones (Navajo), Senior – Arizona State University


Male College Student of the Year
Lyndon Guy (White Mountain Apache), Junior – University of Arizona


Female High School Student of the Year
Jowun Ben (Navajo), 12th Grade – Camelback High School


Male High School Student of the Year
Adam Cardona (Gila River Akimel O-odtham), 12th Grade – Cesar Chavez High School


KJ Bowen Scholarship Recipient
Netawn Marsoobian (Navajo), 12th Grade – Chandler High School


Join us as we honor the 2018 award recipients. Click Here to Register

This year’s awards dinner will be held on November 14th, 2018, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas located at 6333 N Scottsdale Rs, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Registration begins at 5:00pm and the dinner begins promptly at 6:00pm. Join Us to celebrate the leaders in our American Indian community!