Location: Ledyard, Connecticut
2010 Community Spirit Award Honoree
Trudie Lamb Richmond was born and raised on the Schaghticoke reservation in northwestern Connecticut, but her storytelling and teachings are shared amongst other tribal members in southern New England who share a common history and culture. Trudie believes that the role of storytelling is essential to cultural survival and that this form of art teaches us about our relationship and responsibilities to the natural world. In her efforts to maintain a sense of pride and community amongst tribal members she plans and organizes social and education activities while encouraging a deep connection to original homelands. Currently, Trudie serves as the Program Director at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.
“Trudie is significant, knowledgeable, generous and kind…she has become the most sought after source of authentic information and education with and for Connecticut Indians.” - Lynne Williamson, nominator