About Us

In Memorial

AIBA wishes to acknowledge the loss of a dear, beloved brother, Albert Cherino, Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016. Albert was from Isleta Pueblo and an Adjunct Faculty member at the Anderson School of Management and the School of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico.  He was in his 16th year at UNM and has taught upper level and graduate courses in Indigenous business, entrepreneurial studies, and Native American economic development.  Albert had more than 20 years of experience consulting with various Native American tribes in New Mexico in the areas of economic development and casino management.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from New Mexico State University and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of New Mexico. He was taken from us much too soon, and we will miss the kind, generous, fun loving soul that he was and will continue to be in our hearts.

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Our mission as the American Indian Business Association (AIBA) is to encourage and stimulate tribal economic development.


Our vision is to produce tomorrow's leaders by empowering our students with first hand business experiences so that they may assume professional positions after graduation. Our professional members serve as role models to current AIBA students and have the benefit of mentoring these future leaders. Through these interactions, AIBA encourages and builds capacity for tribal economic development.


The American Indian Business Association (AIBA) was created by three aspiring business students when they realized that there was a need for a support system for American Indian students at the UNM Anderson School of Management. AIBA was established in 1994 by Michael Clani, Roberson Becenti, Katchee Mitchell, and Anderson staff member, Jaye Francis. AIBA continues to be that support for American Indian students by providing access to resources to help our future leaders get their "foot in the door" and experience first-hand what it takes to be a leader.


  • To recruit, retain and increase the number of Native students graduating from college.
  • To assist our membership in realizing their potential and the value of a formal education.
  • To serve as a liaison for the UNM Anderson School of Management and the various tribal entities of the Southwest.
  • To reinforce the value of "giving back" to the community through service learning projects


  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Unyielding commitment to service and giving back to our communities
  • Continuous pursuit of innovative ideas and their implementation
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