Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

November 18, 2000 - Issue 23


Honoring Nations Awards

Beginning last year, Harvard University's project on American Indian Economic Development began recognizing tribes' innovative approaches to tribal governance. This year, 16 finalists were culled from a pool of 70 applicants. On Tuesday, November 15, the Honoring Nations program awarded $10,000 prizes to eight tribes who represent the best of the best.

Said Andrew Lee, director of Harvard's Honoring Nations program: "These kinds of stories are the pride and joy of Indian Country. We're pleased to shine a spotlight on these islands of excellence."

San Carlos Apache Tribe
Elder's Cultural Advisory Council, for using elders' advice on culturally-related matters
San Carlos, Arizona


Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Ho-Chunk Inc., an economic development corporation, for separating tribal business from tribal politics
Winnebago, Nebraska.


Navajo Nation
Navajo Child Special Advocacy Project, for combining Western and Native therapy for children molested between ages of 3 and 7
Window Rock, Ariz.


Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Swinomish cooperative land-use program, for establishing a government-to-government relationship with a local county
LaConner, Washington


White Earth Chippewa Tribe
White Earth suicide intervention team
White Earth, Minnesota


Louden Tribal Council
Yukanna Development Corporation, for creating environment-related job opportunities
Galena, Alaska.


Hopi Tribe
Two Plus Two program, for increasing college enrollment of high school students
Keams Canyon, Arizona


Pueblo of Pojoaque
Poeh Center, for creating a construction company to build and sustain a cultural center
Santa Fe, New Mexico


In addition to the eight winners, the other finalists were:


Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Online pharmacy billing initiative, the first in Indian Country, for meeting tribal members' pharmaceutical needs
Cloquet, Minnesota


Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians
Small Business Development Program, for providing loans up to $75,000 for businesses owned by the tribe's members
Onamia, Minnesota


The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Intergovernmental Affairs Department, for enhancing government-to-government relationships
Salem, Oregon


Ten Great Lakes (tribes) Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
for treaty rights recognition
Odanah, Wisconsin


Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation Archaeology Department Training Programs, for providing field and laboratory experience to the tribe's college students
Flagstaff, Arizona


Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Planning and Development Department, for establishing a process for community involvement in identifying community needs
Suttons Bay, Michigan


White Mountain Apache Tribe
Wildlife and Recreation Program, for conservation management and self-sustaining business enterprise
Whiteriver, Arizona.


Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Tribal Wellness Center, for using Native concepts to promote healthy lifestyles
Plummer, Idaho.


For more information on the Honoring Nations Program visit:
Honoring Nations



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