Rewards of an Accounting Career with Colaine Curtis (Diné), MBA

Rewards of an Accounting Career with Colaine Curtis (Diné), MBA

March 14, 2024

Insight in Indian Country Podcast

Trusted Expertise to Serve Tribal Nations

Happy Women’s History Month! In this episode, REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader Wes Benally interviews Colaine Curtis, a senior manager and client advisor. Colaine shares her journey as a Diné woman in the accounting profession, discussing her early career working for tribal organizations, transition to public accounting, and the rewards and challenges of her work. She offers advice for those considering a career in accounting and emphasizes the importance of indigenous representation in the field.


  • 00:00 – Introduction and Background
  • 04:03 – Early Career and Experience
  • 06:23 – Working in Startups and Tribal Organizations
  • 09:03 – Transition to Public Accounting
  • 10:41 – Motivation and Rewards in the Field
  • 21:50 – Decrease in Enrollment and Indigenous Representation
  • 28:18 – Closing Remarks and Appreciation

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Meet Your Host

Wesley Benally

Wesley Ryan Benally, CPA

REDW Principal and National Tribal Practice Leader

As the leader of REDW’s National Tribal Practice, Wes is committed to improving financial literacy throughout Indian Country and hosts the Insight in Indian Country Podcast. He oversees audits of a wide range for Native American communities, state and local government agencies, and non-profits, nationwide, is a member of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy’s Peer Review Oversight Advisory Committee and serves as an instructor with Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institute. In addition, as a Board member for a tribal gaming entity that operates in two states, Wes keeps up with regulatory issues important to tribal gaming operations. Wes is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.

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