Hotvedt Named 2022 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipient


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Carly Hotvedt

Carly Griffith Hotvedt, associate director of the U of A Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the School of Law, has been named to the 2022 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Winners List by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She will be recognized at a reception at the Reservation Economic Summit on May 25 in Las Vegas.

The Native American 40 Under 40 Awards represent the best and brightest emerging Indian leaders. Each year, 40 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian leaders under the age of 40 are inducted in recognition of their leadership, initiative and dedication, and for their significant contributions to their business and/or community . Winners include leaders working in many fields, including academia, government, nonprofits, tourism, nature conservation, technology, and more.

“I appreciate being recognized for the work that I am blessed to do in Indian Country,” Hotvedt said. “Recognition of my impact in tribal agricultural policy makes me feel incredibly valued.”

“The inductees to the 2022 Native American 40 Under 40 Awards showcase the hard work, perseverance and dedication that define this prestigious award,” said National Center President and CEO Chris James. “They remind us that Native American leaders make a difference in every aspect of American life.”

“We are thrilled for Carly and lucky to have her in law school,” said Alena Allen, acting dean of law school. “Carly’s work has had an incredible impact on Indigenous communities, and she is well deserving of this award.”

“Carly works tirelessly for Indian Country to ensure that tribal sovereignty in food systems is respected and that Indigenous food producers have the resources they need to succeed,” said Erin Parker, Executive Director of the Initiative. indigenous for food and agriculture. “She is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to tribal agricultural enterprise and economic development in agriculture, and her colleagues are delighted to see her dedication recognized with this award.”


Hotvedt is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Agriculture has always occupied an important place in his life. Her grandfather, Bob Roberson, was an agricultural educator throughout Oklahoma, which inspired her to join 4-H and Future Farmers of America. She went on to earn degrees in agribusiness and political science from Oklahoma State University and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

While working as an attorney at the Muscogee Nation, Hotvedt had the good fortune to oversee the tribe’s agriculture department. The many challenges and barriers Indian country faces in food and agriculture inspired Hotvedt to dedicate his career to developing solutions.

Hotvedt looks forward to every opportunity to work one-on-one with tribal leaders and producers to help identify funding, efficiency improvements, organizational management and tactics, and tribal opportunities to occupy the regulatory space and to implement statutory fixes or code adoptions.

She strives to continue to elevate Native American food and agriculture throughout her career at IFAI and seeks opportunities to positively impact her tribe.

“I hope my work will outlive me and be remembered as an arsonist who cared deeply about my community, as evidenced by my commitment to public service,” Hotvedt said.

About IFA: The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative focuses on building tribal sovereignty into food sovereignty, promoting tribal-based solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diverse economic development all over India. The IFAI provides tribal governments, food producers and businesses with educational resources, policy research and strategic legal analysis as the foundation for building robust food economies.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive JD as well as an advanced LL.M. curriculum, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, internships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impacts they have on students, faculty and staff members with the aim of create a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. From admitting the six pioneers who were the first African-American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors and professors who became President of the United States and Secretary of State, Law The school has a rich history and culture. Follow us on @uarklaw.


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