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Phoenix Indian Center Gives Urban Giff Lifetime Achievement Award

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With a memorable name like Urban Giff, you’re meant to do big things. Last night, Giff, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, accepted a lifetime achievement award for his decades of outstanding leadership in Indian country.

The Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed by the Phoenix Indian Center as a part of its Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards.

The awards show took place over dinner at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort on Wednesday, November 16. The awards, which are in their 34th year, are given to those who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the advancement, promotion, and development of the cultural, educational, social, economic, or political welfare of the American Indian Community, or have provided significant contributions to the local American Indian economy.

Giff graduated from Arizona State University (ASU), and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to 1980, retiring a Major in 1980. Giff served as operations manager of the Gila River Indian Community 1981 to 1986, then as community manager; he retired 2006. Giff serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the Phoenix Indian Center and on the Advisory Board of the Construction in Indian Country Conference of ASU.

“Urban Giff is an invaluable member of the National Center’s Board, and a respected leader in the Gila River Indian Community and Native community throughout Arizona,” said Derrick Watchman, chairman of the board for the National Center. “Urban is a very deserving recipient of the Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Award, and we look forward to his continued contributions to the National Center and all of Indian Country.”

In addition to serving on the board, Giff has been a National Center member since 1995.