are a couple of reasons for this contest. It is my hope that these
essays will help raise the participant's awareness in the subject
matter. Sharing the information will help to educate the public,
as well. Finally, this is a way for me to help pay back the community
who has supported my efforts through my websites, newsletters
and book ("This Day in North American Indian History").
is an essay contest for North American Indian students. Anyone who
is a member of any tribe between the North Pole and Panama is eligible
to enter. When the word "tribe" is used is the rules,
it is meant to include the concept of "nation" or "native
village," as well.
are three subjects: one for elementary/junior high school students,
one for high school students, and one for college students.
I am the judge and final arbitor of the contest, I might ask others
for their opinions or assistance.
will post some of the essays on my website and in my newsletters.
and Junior High School students:
"What everyone needs to know about my tribe."
"How my tribe's history guides my life."
"What does tribal sovereignty mean to my tribe."
will be a total of three first place winners: one for each of the
different grade levels.
will be a total of six runners-up: two for each of the different
nine first place and runners-up essays will be posted on my website,
and included in my newsletter.
A signed copy of my book
A signed copy of my book
The essay should be under 500 words in length and written in English.
Entrants should be a member of a tribal group, or attend a tribal-run
Entries should be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses below.
All essays become the property of Phil Konstantin. They will not
Essays may be posted on Phil Konstantin's website, newsletters or
other publications. By submitting an entry, you agree to these terms.
Phil Konstantin is the final judge and arbitor for the contest.
The deadline for receiving entries is May 3, 2004
is the prefered method. Please submit each entry in an individual
e-mail. Written entries may be submitted as a group (i.e. if everyone
in a class writes an essay, they can all be mailed in the same envelope).
sure to include the student's name, tribal affiliation, school grade
& mailing address on their essay.
P.O. Box 17515
San Diego, CA, USA 92177-7515
"Essay Contest" in the subject line
date of the announcement of the winners will be determined by the
number of entrants. As I have to read each entry, the more I get,
the longer it will take for me to read them. I will try to announce
the winners as soon as I have read all of the entries. A copy of
this notice has been placed on this website: http://americanindian.net/contest.html
you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Best wishes and good luck,