AIBL gives students educational and hands on experience

AIBL members meet on the second floor of the John Vaughan Library to plan their events for the upcoming American Indian Heritage Month. Meetings are are biweekly on Tuesdays. 

“Join AIBL, stay stable,” a catchphrase NSU’s American Indian Business Leaders have coined for themselves as a means for motivation. The group sets itself apart from other business-related student organizations by having its mission inspired by Native American values and traditions, but also pride themselves on gaining skills in networking, leadership and community involvement. Students do not have to be a member of a Native American tribe in order to join. 

“I thought there would be more members,” said Hannah Cowhorn, Gore freshman. “But that just gave me the idea that I could be a part of the group that helps expand this organization instead. I hope to get more representation for the Native American student community here.”

The group has stated that members do not have to be business majors and encourage all students to be involved in a well-rounded college experience. Members have the chance to attend workshops, conferences and apply for internships that are open to all students.

“If your interests are similar at all, you should check it out,” said Dylan Tucker, AIBL adviser. “Because while it is small, it can give you a broad background. Smaller groups tend to lend more genuine involvement and create more opportunities to build leadership skills.”

AIBL has a stable of fundraisers, such as “Crush For Your Crush” and “Rez Dogs.” The “Crush For Your Crush” fundraiser is an event where students can spend money to anonymously gift a Crush soda for their crush during Valentine’s Day.

“Rez Dogs” are a hotdog that is fried inside of dough that results in frybread, which gives it its “Rez” quality. Frybread itself is a byproduct of assimilation in the United States. Native American tribes that were put on reservations were given commodities to live off of, which included milk, flour and water, resulting in frybread. It is not a traditional food for tribes but has become a contemporary stable for Natives across the country. The next “Rez Dog” sale will be on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., location to be announced. 

“As president, I can assure that if you join AIBL, you will stay stable,” said Emily Barrett, AIBL president. “We are not here to just tell students when and where to be. We are here to help prepare students with the skills and abilities that professionals are telling us we need.”

AIBL meets biweekly on Tuesday evenings from 5-6 p.m. on the second floor of the John Vaughan Library.

For more information, follow AIBL on Facebook at NSU AIBL or email barrette@nsuok.edu.

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