The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California recently named Northrop Grumman Corporation (Northrop) and Rincon Chairman Bo Mazzetti as 2011 Warrior Award recipients. The award is the highest honor that the Chamber bestows annually on a deserving corporation and tribal leader in recognition of their work on behalf of American Indian/Alaska Native business development.
The recipients accepted the awards on November 17 at the 12th Annual Warrior Awards at the Grand California Hotel in the Disney Resort in Anaheim, California. More than 300 people attended to commemorate Northrop and Mazzetti, as well as celebrate the Annual Native American Heritage Month.
While recognizing Northrop with the corporation Warrior award, the Chamber recognized Northrop’s Gloria Pualani and Vicky Harper-Hall for their longtime support of successful economic development in Indian Country.
Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, was acknowledged, in part, for his tribal leadership in respects to the historic “Rincon Court Decision” and his work this past year in advocating for a tribal advisory position within California Governor Edmund G. Brown’s administration.
“The Chamber was honored to present this year’s Warrior awards to a corporation and a tribal leader who represented the high level of excellence that the Warrior Award has come to represent," said Tracy Stanhoff, president of the Chamber and a Native American business owner. "These awardees are heroes in our minds and in our hearts for their efforts to benefit our businesses.”