5 Native winners in Young Native Writers Essay contest

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/29/2013 08:47 AM
WASHINGTON – Five Native Americans from Montana, Texas, California and North Carolina have been announced as the winners of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s 2013 Young Native Writers Essay contest.

One winner is Constance Owl of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in Murphy, N.C. The other winners were Kaitlyn Boy from the Blackfeet Nation Heart Butte in Montana, Taylor Archuleta of the Choctaw Nation in Stockton, Calif., Shanice Britton of the Round Valley Indian Tribe in Covelo, Calif., and Morgan Gray of the Chickasaw Nation in San Antonio.

The contest was created in 2006 in response to a tragedy on the reservation for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. It focuses on the richness of Native American life and history and challenges American Indian youth to speak out on issues important to their tribal communities. The contest is open to high school students from all tribal communities.

This year’s topic was to describe a crucial issue confronting the writer’s tribal community and explain how he or she hoped to help the community respond and improve its future.

The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation partners with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian to plan and execute activities during Scholar Week. All finalists are invited to participate in an all expenses paid Scholar Week in Washington, D.C, which began on July 15.

Scheduled activities included an honor ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian, a tour of the NMAI Cultural Resources Center where tribal objects can be viewed and studied educational symposiums and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The winners will also receive a $2,500 scholarship to be paid to the college or university of their choice.
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ᏩᏒᏓᏃᎢ – ᎯᏍᎩ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎾᎿ Montana, Texas, California ᎠᎴ North Carolina ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᏒᏅ ᎾᎿ Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation’s 2013 ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏗᏃᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎡᏎᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏌᏊ ᎤᏓᏒᎾ ᎯᎠ Constance Owl ᎾᎿ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎡᎯ Eastern Band ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎾᎿ Murphy, N.C ᎡᎯ. ᏐᎢᏃ ᎤᏓᏒᏅ ᎯᎠ Kaitlyn Boy ᏂᏓᏳᎶᏒ Blackfeet ᎠᏰᎵ Heart Butte ᎾᎿ Montana, Taylor Archuleta ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᏗ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ Stockton, Calif., Shanice Britton of the ᎦᏐᏆᎸ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎤᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ in Covelo, Calif., ᎠᎴ Morgon Gray ᎾᎿ Chickasaw ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ San Antonio.

ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏃᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏑᏓᎵ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎤᎾᏬᎯᎵᏴᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏦᏎᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᎵᏏᏅᏔᏅ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎦᎨ ᎥᏓᎵ band of Chippewa ᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ. ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᏃ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎤᎾᏕᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏧᏂᎶᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏴᏫᏯ ᎩᎳ ᎠᏛᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᏂᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎡᎲ ᏍᎩᏚᎩ. ᎯᎢᎾ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏂᏂᏃᏙ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᏂᎶᏒ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᏈ.

ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏛ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏦᏪᎶᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎡᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵ ᎤᏂᏃᎮᏓ ᎢᏳᏍᏓ ᎤᏛᎩ ᎤᏅᏒ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᎾᏬᎯᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏤᎸ ᎢᎬᏗ ᎤᏩᎪᏗᏗᏒᎢ.

The Holland &Knight Charitable Foundation ᎤᎾᎵᎪᏅ Smithsonian Institution National Museum ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ. ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᎾᏓᏒᏅ ᏧᏃᏪᎳᏅ ᎨᎪᏎᎸ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏓᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏈᏴᏓ ᏭᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏩᏒᏓᏃ D.C ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ, ᎦᏰᏉᏂ ᏍᎩᎦᏚᏏᏁ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎩ.

ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎦᎵᎡᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏍᏆᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ National Museum of the American Indian, ᏭᏁᏓᏍᏗᏃ NMAI Cultural Resource Center ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎠᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ U.S Captiol. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏒᏅ ᏙᏛᎩᏏ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎯᏍᎩᏧᏈ ᎢᎦ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᎾᏈᏴ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏑᏱᏓ.

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