The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) announced the 2023 class of Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients. The Native American 40 Under 40 awards represent the best and brightest emerging Indian Country leaders, recognizing Native American citizens for outstanding leadership and community contributions annually. Among this year’s recipients is Fielding doctoral student, Sabrina Arch.

Sabrina Arch, ME

Sabrina S. Arch, ME

Sabrina Arch is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and currently works as the EBCI Director of Economic Development. She is also a doctoral student in the PhD in Organizational Development and Change degree program at Fielding Graduate University.

“I am blessed and honored to have received this prestigious 40 Under 40 award presented by NCAIED.  I would like to thank my family, friends, all the members of the EBCI, the Sequoyah Fund, Tribal Education, the local small businesses, all tribal programs, our tribal leadership, the Chief, the Vice Chief, and the Council. I would also like to take this time to thank the teachers and mentors at Fielding Graduate University for your support and believing in me. Together, we have received this recognition.  Without all of you, I would not be who I am today, nor would I be able to help serve our great communities and Indian Country. I enjoy seeing others succeed and am humbled by this recognition.  My hope is to inspire others to reach for the stars.

You can do anything you put your mind to!  Being part of the EBCI and Fielding Graduate University has shown me how blessed I am to be part of these wonderful communities that cares so much for one another.  Together we can continue to make a difference to help strengthen our Tribal community through leadership, initiative, and dedication.”

About the Awards

Sabrina Arch, METhe 40 Under 40 is a prestigious award which recognizes 40 emerging American Indians from across Indian Country who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or in their community. Every year, 40 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian leaders under the age of 40 are inducted in recognition of their leadership, initiative, and dedication to their communities. Started in 2009, past 40 Under 40 award winners include leaders working in numerous fields including academia, government, non-profits, tourism, conservation, technology, medicine, sports and entertainment, and more.

This year, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) will resume the tradition of honoring Native American 40 Under 40 awardees during an in-person reception at the Reservation Economic Summit. It will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 6:00PM—9:00PM PST at Caesars Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more about attending the 2023 Native American 40 Under 40 reception and other RES events, go to You can also learn more about the winners on social media using #NCAIED40U40.


The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and tribal people with business and economic development. The Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation.

The Center’s motto is: “We Mean Business” as they 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.

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