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University of Montana student Whitney Snow, of Olympia, Washington, was awarded the American Indian Business Leader 2013-14 Student of the Year award. She was recognized at the 20th annual American Indian Business Leaders conference, which was held last month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Snow is a junior majoring in political science with a minor in Native American studies. She is from the Suquamish Nation in Washington state and has been a member of the AIBL UM student chapter for the past three years, and currently serves as its president.

Other UM chapter members also attended the conference and competed in the business plan competition. The team took second place for their Web-based company that would exchange Native American arts and crafts between people across the country and the world. The business plan was developed as a way to help Native American artists sell their work to buyers outside of their towns or reservations.

The UM students who participated are Shawn Heavy Runner, Donovan Last Star, Aubrey Ground, Ronnel Goss, Robert Gauthier, Edmond Dupuis, Marcus Omeasoo and Thomas Shawl.

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