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LCO Member Receives 40 Under 40 Award

Taken from NIGC press release

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Member, Shawnna (Ellis) Castellano, Region Director for National Indian Gaming Commission based in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been named one of the 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipients by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center).


Each year, the National Center recognizes 40 emerging Native American and Alaska Native leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business, their professions, or in their communities.


This year’s class – the 11th – features leaders from a wide variety of fields, including tribal and state government, gaming, tribal economic development, business and consulting, academia, health care, the law, theater, marketing, and hospitality. Winners hail from 18 states and Washington, DC. Over 30 unique tribes and Native affiliations are represented among the winners.


“I am honored to be recognized and join such an exceptional group of individuals who are committed to the success of Indian County. I've been privileged to be supported by passionate leaders, who provided their encouragement, teams of individuals willing to share their knowledge and all of the past leaders who paved the way,” said Shawnna Castellano.


“Our greatest asset at the NIGC is our staff and their dedication to the communities they serve. We are proud that Ms. Castellano is being recognized for her leadership and service to Indian Country,” said Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause. “We would like to congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”


“Shawnna Castellano is truly impressive and amazing young leader,” said Chris James, President, and CEO of the National Center. “Shawnna joins a growing community of past winners who are already making a difference in their communities and professions. I look forward to honoring her achievements and welcoming her into the 40 under 40 family.”


The awards gala took place on August 24 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Pheonix, AZ.


Shawnna is a an alumna of Post University and a member of Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe.