Coming Soon: 2015 Young Native Writers Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: TBA
The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation
is pleased to announce the call for essays in its tenth annual Young Native
Writers Essay Contest. The Foundation partners with the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and the National
Indian Education Association (NIEA) to sponsor this national writing contest.
More details will be coming soon. To review submission requirements for last year's Contest see below.
For 2014, students were asked to write
about one or more of the cultural images, symbols or art forms that have been
historically developed by their community (American Indian, Alaska Native or
Native Hawaiian) to communicate a particular message or value or serve a
specific purpose. Essays were to be 1,200 words or less and should cover the
Describe the image(s),
symbol(s) or art forms selected;
Explain how it was
originally developed or used by the community;
Reflect on the
student's own experience about it, including thoughts and feelings; and
Suggest why or how it
is still relevant today.
The contest is designed to encourage young
Native American writers to explore their heritage. It is open to Native
American high school students from all Native communities.
winners received an all-expenses-paid "Scholar Week" trip to
Washington, D.C. in July 2014. The group's activities included an honor ceremony at NMAI;
a tour of the NMAI Cultural Resources Center where tribal objects were viewed
and studied; educational symposia for students and their teachers; and a tour
of the U.S. Capitol. Winners also received a $2,500 scholarship paid
to the college or university of their choice.
"The Smithsonian Institution's National
Museum of the American Indian is proud to be involved in a program that
inspired high school students to think innovatively about their Native
communities," said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), NMAI director. "Each year we
look forward to honoring the winners at our building on the National Mall as
well as offering them special tours and programs."
"The National Indian Education
Association is honored to begin working with Holland & Knight and the
National Museum of the American Indian on this exceptional program," said
Anhiwake Rose, executive director of the NIEA (Cherokee and Muscogee).
"NIEA is dedicated to ensuring that every Native student has the
opportunity to succeed and through this scholarship program, we will be
assisting one young leader on their journey."
The contest debuted in 2006 in Red Lake,
Minnesota, in response to the March 2005 shooting by a Red Lake High School
student of five fellow students, a teacher, a security guard, members of his
family and then himself. Holland & Knight's Charitable Foundation developed
this contest with the hope that the Red Lake community would find healing by
promoting its rich culture and traditions. In the following years, the program
has evolved to serve all Native American communities.
About the Holland & Knight Charitable
& Knight Charitable Foundation, Inc. was created in 1996 to support our
increasing charitable activities. The Foundation is a public charity under
Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). The financial support of the
Foundation comes from Holland & Knight LLP, our individual employees, our
clients, our partner corporations and other members of the general public.
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is the most
representative and inclusive Native education organization in the United
States. NIEA's principal goal is to advance comprehensive and equal educational
opportunities for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students.
Through this vision, NIEA supports sovereignty over education by strengthening
traditional Native cultures and values that enable Native learners to become
contributing members of their communities. See www.niea.org.
About the National Museum of the American
: A diverse and
multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the
American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the
Smithsonian Institution, the world's
largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most
of Native artifacts, including
covering the entire Western Hemisphere. The National Museum of the
American Indian operates three facilities.
museum on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C., offers exhibition galleries and
spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education.
Heye Center (GGHC) in New York City houses exhibitions, research,
educational activities, and performing arts programs.
Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Maryland, houses the museum's
collections as well as the conservation, repatriation, and digital imaging
programs, and research facilities.