Jim E. Warne Named ASU Native American Alumnus of the Year; Five ASU Native American Students Awarded Scholarships at the 23rd Annual Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner

Published November 9, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA  The Arizona State University Native American Alumni Chapter (NAAC) announced Jim E. Warne as the ASU Native American Alumnus Of The Year and five scholarship awardees at the 23rd Annual Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner “Supporting Emerging Leaders” (https://www.alumni.asu.edu/josiahmooredinner). The 23rd Annual Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner was held October 21, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott Salt River in Scottsdale, Arizona. The invited guest speaker was Dr. John Molina, Yaqui and San Carlos Apache, who spoke about his educational journey towards becoming a doctor and obtaining a JD, and the support he had from mentors and leaders in his life.

The ASU NAAC presented the ASU Native American Alumnus of the Year Award to Jim E. Warne, Oglala Lakota, President of the Warrior Society Development, LLC.. Warne is an ’87 ASU alumnus, former ASU Football player, and former NFL offensive lineman. Warne earned a BS from Arizona State University, a MS from San Diego State University (SDSU), and a Post-Graduate Certificate from SDSU in Rehabilitation Administration. Warrior Society Development’s Productions Division produced “7th Generation”, an Award Winning documentary film. Warne’s extensive professional portfolio and significant contributions within Indian Country earned him the award as ASU Native American Alumnus of the Year.

In addition, five current ASU undergraduate and graduate Native American students were awarded scholarships:

Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarships

1st Place Undergraduate Award: Marcene Hoover-Bennett, Navajo – Communication, Hugh Downs School of Communication, Senior

1st Place Graduate Award:  Lashaina Hoskie, Navajo – Social Work, Master’s Candidate

2nd Place Undergraduate Award: Taylor Notah, Navajo – Journalism/American Indian Studies (Minor), Senior

Dollie Yazzie Outstanding Student Leadership Scholarship

Undergraduate Award: Oriana Lopez, Tohono O’odham – Health Sciences, Senior

Native American Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Undergraduate Award: Melanie Anderson, Ojibwa – Bad River Band Lake Superior – Global Studies and Political Science/ Chinese Language (Minor), Sophomore

The 23rd Annual Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner was generously sponsored by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who presented a donation of $10,000 to the ASU Native American Alumni Chapter. Other event sponsors include Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley, and SRP. All proceeds from the dinner benefit the Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship and the ASU NAAC Scholarship Endowment which provide scholarships for Native American students attending Arizona State University. The Josiah N. Moore Memorial Scholarship Benefit Dinner was established in memory of Josiah N. Moore to fulfill his lifelong vision of providing and improving educational programs for Native Americans. Josiah N. Moore was an ASU Professor and former Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

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