Phoenix Indian Center Gala: April 4th, 2009

Patti Hibbeler; Phoenix Indian Center

The Phoenix Indian Center will host its 26th Annual Gala & Native American Art Auction, Saturday, April 4th at the Scottsdale Resort & Convention Center to raise funds for at-risk Native American families and kids.

Patti Hibbeler, the Center’s CEO said,” Today’s economy, job layoffs, foreclosures and lack of credit has hit urban Natives Americans especially hard.” Hibbeler reports a sharp rise in the number of Native American families seeing assistance for basic needs. The mission of The Phoenix Indian Center is to help urban Native American families better their lives through education, social services and financial literacy.

The Center is asking local businesses and individuals to purchase tickets to the Gala event or sponsor a table to help Native American families get through these tough times.

Table sponsorships range from $5,000 to $40,000, and individuals may purchase tickets for $200 each — a bargain for collectors interested in deals on some of the finest Native American art available. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Proceeds raised benefit local Natives in need of social services for basic living.

To purchase tickets or make a donation online, visit and click on “Annual Fundraiser.” Or call (602) 264-6768 to learn more.

WHAT: 26th Annual Phoenix Indian Center Gala
WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2009; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Scottsdale Resort & Convention Center
WHY: To raise funds for at-risk urban Native families and kids


About Phoenix Indian Center
The mission of The Phoenix Indian Center is to promote the social and economic self-sufficiency of Native Americans living in the greater Valley. Programs offered by the Center include Workforce Development and Social Services along with several Educational and Cultural Programs for both youth and adults. These vital programs serve individuals from more than 100 different tribes across the country. The Center has been based here in Phoenix for more than 60 years. Learn more at

Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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