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Defender Wilson one of four First People's awardees
by The Bismarck (ND) Tribune
Mary Louise Defender Wilson of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, was one of four recent recipients of the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award, given by the First Peoples Fund to honor artists who embody "Collective Spirit," those activities which sustain the fabric of a community.

The Peoples Fund, based in Rapid City, S.D., celebrates native artists who exemplify indigenous values of generosity, wisdom, respect, integrity, strength, fortitude and humility.

Defender Wilson was awarded the annual fellowship, established in 1999, for her work in the traditional art of storytelling. The fellowship carries a gift of $5,000.

Those recognized as "culture-bearers" are nominated by members of their own tribes. Honorees are selected by an independent panel of American Indian cultural leaders.

The other recipients were singer-songwriter Theresa Kenkiokoktha Fox of New York, Akwesasne Mohawk; basket maker Bud Lane III of Oregon, Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians, and ash and sweetgrass basket maker Theresa Secord, Penobscot Indian Nation.

Defender Wilson has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts with the National Heritage Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, North Dakota Governor's Award for the Arts, the H. Council Trenholm Memorial Award from the national Education Association for Human and Civil Rights. She also was honored at the National American Music Awards with the Best Spoken Word Award for four CDs of storytelling.

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