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Oceanside’s April Tinhorn named as 2014 Native American “40 under 40” Award Recipient

Tinhorn, of the Navajo Nation/ Hualapai Tribe, among honorees for prestigious award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Milwaukee WI – Emerging Native American leaders from across the country will be honored for their outstanding leadership during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The “Native American 40 under 40” is a prestigious award that is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, for showing initiative and dedication to providing significant, positive contributions to business or in their respective communities. April Tinhorn, an Oceanside, California resident and member of the Navajo Nation/ Hualapai Tribe, is among the 2014 award winners to be honored during a gala at the leading Native American business event in the country, taking place at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee.

“The 40 under 40 award showcases the accomplishments of both current and future Native American leaders,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “The future of Indian country will be shaped by exceptional leaders such as April who have proven their unrelenting dedication to enhancing the lives of those around them. It is truly an honor to bestow this award on such a deserving group of young leaders.”

April Tinhorn is currently the owner of Tinhorn Consulting, where she has developed and successfully implemented two winning Native American social media political campaigns and created a web strategy for the Hualapai tribal government’s online community. Before opening her own consulting firm, she held positions at IBM and the NSA, and has worked with the Indian Health Service and Seminole Tribe of Florida. Tinhorn graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Computer Science; she later went on to earn her Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Award winners will be officially honored during the 39th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO) Gala, which will take place during RES Wisconsin on Wednesday, October 8th. For more information about Reservation Economic Summit, please visit http://res.ncaied.org.

About the National Center:

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.


  1. Congratulations, April and thank you Lewis for getting us the information.

  2. What should pop up in my Google Alerts tonight but your wonderfully written article about the 40 under 40 award, TINHORN CONSULTING, and me! Thank you, ‘Editor’, for taking the time to research, interview, and shed light on positive doings in Indian Country. You have a new reader in me. Hankyu.