Graduate of the Last Decade Gold Award- Joseph Nayquonabe 04

Monday, January 25, 2010


Grand Casino marketing executive Joseph Nayquonabe ’04, Onamia, credits his St. Cloud State education with giving him the foundation to pursue his career goal – helping his tribe thrive and succeed into the future.

For Nayquonabe that education began early when his father became a student. “The fondest memory I have of St. Cloud State was when I was a little kid and my dad used to bring us to school with him,” Nayquonabe said. “He’d sit us in the back of the classroom and we’d just sit there and listen to his classes.”

Years later, as a marketing student, an internship at Grand Casino Mille Lacs/Hinckley launched a career that has brought Nayquonabe accolades, including a 2009 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal “40 Under Forty” distinction, as well as the satisfaction of having an impact on the lives around him.

As corporate vice president of marketing for the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Nayquonabe oversees a staff of 100 people in marketing, entertainment and promotional campaigns for Grand Casino. At the top of his list of goals is to become the kind of role model for his daughter that his father was for him.

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