UM Student Club Attends Conference, Wins Awards

May 05, 2014

MISSOULA – University of Montana student Whitney Snow, of Olympia, Wash., recently was awarded the American Indian Business Leader 2013-14 Student of the Year award. She was recognized at the 20th annual American Indian Business Leaders conference, which was held April 10-12 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Snow is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She is from the Suquamish Nation in Washington state and has been a member of the AIBL UM student chapter for the past three years, and currently serves as its president.

Other UM chapter members also attended the conference and competed in the business plan competition. The team took second place for their Web-based company that would exchange Native American arts and crafts between people across the country and the world. The business plan was developed as a way to help Native American artists sell their work to buyers outside of their towns or reservations.

Judges – who comprised philanthropists, venture capitalists, finance officers and entrepreneurs – evaluated the plans based upon their potential to become a viable new venture. The UM team was awarded $500 for their second-place finish.

 The UM students who participated are Shawn Heavy Runner, Donovan Last Star, Aubrey Ground, Ronnel Goss, Robert Gauthier, Edmond Dupuis, Marcus Omeasoo and Thomas Shawl.

AIBL’s mission is to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.

For more information call UM American Indian Student Services Eldena Bear Don’t Walk interim director at 406-243-6352 or email


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Contact: Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, interim director, UM American Indian Student Services, 406-243-6352,