Jacob Wamego Named as a Native American 40 under 40 Award Recipient

NCAIED Native American 40 Under 40 Award
Award recognizes young Native American and Alaska Native leaders across the U.S.

Jacob Wamego, the CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, Mill Creek’s parent company, has been recognized as a 2018 winner of the Native American 40 under 40 award. This award is bestowed by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center), and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication in business and their communities. This year the National Center is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 40 under 40 awards.

“It is an honor to be recognized for this award among many people making great contributions to their communities. I am grateful for the work I get to do with Prairie Band, LLC and for the dedicated staff, management, and Board whose work continues to result in real change and growth in economic opportunities for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation,” says Wamego. “Thank you to the National Center for your commitment to developing and supporting the American Indian business community.”

Award winners will be honored at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 29-30. The event – “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership” – will be held in conjunction with the National Center’s next Native Edge Institute (NEI), a one-day training session focused specifically on procurement. Past and present 40 under 40 awardees will have the opportunity to participate in programming with the goal of providing additional professional development, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities.

“We are thrilled to recognize the impressive achievements of Jacob Wamego,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Wamego joins a diverse group of young women and men cultivated from across American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Each of these individuals has devoted their skills and resources to enhancing their communities. From business, academia, healthcare, tribal government, politics, non-profits, journalism, the law, finance, and marketing, 40 under 40 winners are shining examples for all of us to follow. For the 10th year in a row, it is an honor to recognize these individuals and leaders who will continue to define success for the future of Native American business.”

Those interested in attending the 40 under 40 event can register by clicking here; 40 under 40 attendees have the option of attending the Native Edge Institute programming. Please visit the National Center’s website at to learn more.

Prairie Band, LLC was formed in 2010 as an economic development company wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Since inception, Prairie Band, LLC has grown into a family of seven subsidiary companies with commercial, federal, and local customers. Prairie Band, LLC is part of the economic development plan established by tribal leadership with the purpose of providing opportunity and prosperity to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The company is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in northeast Kansas.