Phoenix Indian Center to honor Dr. Eddie Brown at Silver & Turquoise Ball

The Phoenix Indian Center will present its Honorary Leon Grand Award to Dr. Eddie Brown at the 32nd annual Silver and Turquoise Ball planned April 11 at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.

The Phoenix Indian Center will present Dr. Eddie Brown the Honorary Leon Grant Award at this year's Silver and Turquoise Ball. (Submitted photo)

The Phoenix Indian Center will present Dr. Eddie Brown the Honorary Leon Grant Award at this year’s Silver and Turquoise Ball. (Submitted photo)

The award honors those who have followed in the footsteps of the center’s founder by working to enrich the lives of Native Americans in the Phoenix area and beyond.

Dr. Brown is a professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and serves as co-chair of the National Congress of American Indians, National Research Center’s Advisory Board in Washington, D.C.

He is also the executive director and co-founder (along with Kevin Gover of the National Museum of the American Indian) of the American Indian Policy Institute at ASU. Dr. Brown is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and affiliated with the Tohono O’odham Nation.

“I am honored to be among the recipients of the Honorary Leon Grant Award,” Dr. Brown said.

“To have an award representing the name of Leon Grant is most humbling, and I will treasure it greatly. Contributing to the health and welfare of American Indian families and children and the mobilization of efforts to address the educational and well being of Indian people must continue to be a priority.”

Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Brown has served at the highest administrative levels of tribal, state and federal governments, and university administrations.

His endeavors to ensure tribal sovereignty and strengthen the sustainability of tribal nations, American Indian communities and families have been at the forefront of his work. He has directed a variety of research and demonstration projects related to the impact of welfare reform, youth mental health, diabetes prevention, Title IV agreements, and state ICWA compliance issues.

“Dr. Brown is a leader and warrior for Indian child welfare, continually focusing on the health of families. He brings a unique perspective by bridging his administrative and research experience – forging a path of tribal sovereignty to strengthen Nations. We are honored to name him as this year’s Honorary Leon Grant Award recipient,” said Patti Hibbeler, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center.

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Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian nonprofit organization in the United States. The center serves more than 6,000 individuals annually by providing services in the areas of education, employment, cultural enrichment, youth leadership and community engagement.

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