Pawhuska’s Jon Red Corn named as 2015 Native American ‘40 under 40’ award recipient

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

MESA, Ariz. — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development recently announced its 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community. Jon Red Corn, a member of the Osage Nation and a resident of Pawhuska, OK is among the 40 under 40 award winners that were honored during the 40th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards last week at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, N.M. The awards were a part of the leading economic development event in Indian Country — the Reservation Economic Summit.

“The 40 Under 40 award recipients are a diverse group of young men and women from across Indian Country who have all made invaluable contributions to their communities,” said Derrick Watchman, chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “We are proud to honor this extraordinary group of leaders, and I am excited to see what the future holds for them.”

Red Corn has over 10 years of experience in architecture, planning and design, and he is the co-founder and CEO/director of operations of Blue Star Studio Inc. His experience ranges from small-scale residential construction and remodeling to large high-performance, green building designs. He designed 25 energy efficient, culturally relevant and affordable homes for the Osage Nation Housing Department. He has also done work with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Pawhuska Indian Village. He received a masters in architecture from the University of Kansas.

“If we are to expand economic opportunity in Indian Country, we need innovative and entrepreneurial Native American leaders,” said Gary Davis, president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. “The 40 Under 40 recipients have all demonstrated their dedication to moving their communities forward, and I want to congratulate them on their achievements. This is a very deserving group.”

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