MILWAUKEE — A Lake Andes woman is among thouse who will receive a national Native American award in Milwaukee this week.

Flo Clairmont, a Lake Andes resident and member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, will be among the 2014 award winners to be honored with the “Native American 40 under 40” award during a gala at the leading Native American business event in the country, taking place at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. The event will be held during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Milwaukee.

The “40 Under 40” award is a prestigious honor 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.

“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 Flo 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.”

Flo previously served as the Economic Development Director for the Yankton Sioux Tribe. She is an aspiring entrepreneur, and has opened a food truck in the heart of the Bakken Oil Patch.  Clairmont is a participant of the Bush Foundation’s Native Nations Rebuilders program in Cohort 5. Clairmont is also a trained commercial carpenter — a passion that grew out of her desire to help her Tribe address its housing needs.

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, Oct. 8. 

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