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Winnebago Member Honored as Outstanding Woman in Business

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DENVER—A prominent Native businesswoman recently honored as 2011 Winner in Mile High Leaders, Outstanding Women in Business, said her legacy would be whether she affected a child in a positive way.

“When I pass on, my legacy won’t be how much money I made or what kind of car I drive…but did I make a difference in this child’s life?” said Dee St. Cyr, Hoonch Henuk-ga (Bear Woman), Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, who received the honor from Denver Business Journal (Journal).

St. Cyr, director of corporate development for Caddo Solutions of Denver, an office products and services supplier, chairs the board of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (RMICC) with an eye to aiding Native entrepreneurs build successful ventures.

She was praised by Josh Runningwolf, RMICC president, and by Don Kelin, president of Caddo Solutions and a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, who told the Journal that “Dee is an agency of change for Native Americans.”

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St. Cyr developed the Voice of Many Feathers program at former USWest in the 1980s and 1990s to aid Indian enterprises’ access to companies doing business with the firm. She was a co-founder of the American Indian National Chamber of Commerce and is currently a board member, the Journal said.

She assisted the RMICC’s scholarship program, which has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to Native students and is a member of the board of trustees at the University of Northern Colorado. She serves on the advisory board of the Community College of Denver and the Native American advisory council of the University of Colorado at Denver.

Among other honors, she has won the Dr. Martin Luther King Business Social Responsibility Award, and Dec. 10, 2009 was designated Dee St. Cyr-Women’s Leadership Day by then-Denver Mayor (now Colorado Governor) John Hickenlooper.