COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD HONOREES

Since 2000, First Peoples Fund has recognized nearly 100 culture bearers across Indian Country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Honorees are selected for sustaining and growing understanding of the creative practices and cultural values of their People. Click on the images for full profiles. 


 

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2000

Pura Fe Crescioni (Tuscarora)

Pura Fe Crescioni (Tuscarora)

Carrie Estey (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)

Carrie Estey (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)

Clyde C. Estey (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)

Clyde C. Estey (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe)

Nathan Jackson (Tlingit)

Nathan Jackson (Tlingit)

Elaine Timentwa Emerson (Colville Confederated Tribe)

Elaine Timentwa Emerson (Colville Confederated Tribe)

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muskogeee/Dine)

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole/Muskogeee/Dine)

2001

Muriel Antoine (Sicangu Lakota)

Muriel Antoine (Sicangu Lakota)

Anna Brown Ehlers (Tlingit)

Anna Brown Ehlers (Tlingit)

Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Nora Naranjo-Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Yakima/Wasco)

Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Yakima/Wasco)

Diane Schenandoah (Oneida)

Diane Schenandoah (Oneida)

2002

Rodney Cawston (Okanagan/Nez Perce)

Rodney Cawston (Okanagan/Nez Perce)

Rose Kerstetter (Oneida)

Rose Kerstetter (Oneida)

Shawna Sunrise (Navajo)

Shawna Sunrise (Navajo)

Kathy Wallace (Hoopa/Karuk)

Kathy Wallace (Hoopa/Karuk)

Ruth Waukazo (Ojibwe)

Ruth Waukazo (Ojibwe)

2003

Delores Churchill (Haida)

Delores Churchill (Haida)

Pat Courtney-Gold (Wasco-Wishram)

Pat Courtney-Gold (Wasco-Wishram)

Ignacia Duran (Tesuque)

Ignacia Duran (Tesuque)

Milford Nahohai (Zuni)

Milford Nahohai (Zuni)

Darrell L. Norman (Blackfeet)

Darrell L. Norman (Blackfeet)

2004

Adeline Miller (Pauite/Wasco/Sahaptin)

Adeline Miller (Pauite/Wasco/Sahaptin)

Ollie Napesni (Sicangu Lakota)

Ollie Napesni (Sicangu Lakota)

Pete Peterson Sr. (Skokomish)

Pete Peterson Sr. (Skokomish)

Lyn Risling (Yurok/Karuk/Hupa) 

Lyn Risling (Yurok/Karuk/Hupa) 

Donald and Mary Sanipass (Aroostook Band of Micmacs)

Donald and Mary Sanipass (Aroostook Band of Micmacs)

2005

Nora Marks Dauenhauer (Tlingit)

Nora Marks Dauenhauer (Tlingit)

Bruce Subiyay Miller (Skokomish)

Bruce Subiyay Miller (Skokomish)

Julia Parker (Kashia Pomo/Coast Miwok)

Julia Parker (Kashia Pomo/Coast Miwok)

Genevieve Running Horse Moore (Sicangu Lakota)

Genevieve Running Horse Moore (Sicangu Lakota)

Frank "Pipe Woman" Sheridan, Sr. (Cheyenne / Arapaho)

Frank "Pipe Woman" Sheridan, Sr. (Cheyenne / Arapaho)

2006

Lois Chichinoff Thadei (Aleut)

Lois Chichinoff Thadei (Aleut)

David Moses Bridges (Passamoquoddy/Wabanaki)

David Moses Bridges (Passamoquoddy/Wabanaki)

Apolonia Susana Santos (Tygh/Yakama)

Apolonia Susana Santos (Tygh/Yakama)

Nellie Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota)

Nellie Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota)

2007

Sadie Buck (Tonawanda Seneca)

Sadie Buck (Tonawanda Seneca)

Susan "Tweet" Burdick (Yurock)

Susan "Tweet" Burdick (Yurock)

Delia Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk)

Delia Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk)

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa)

Ronald J. Paquin (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa)

2008

Frank Dominguez (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash)

Frank Dominguez (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash)

Margaret Hill (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)

Margaret Hill (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)

Marietta King (Blackfeet)

Marietta King (Blackfeet)

Jeanette "Molly" Parker (Passamaquoddy)

Jeanette "Molly" Parker (Passamaquoddy)

2009

Mary Louise Defender Wilson (Dakota/Hidatsa Nations)

Mary Louise Defender Wilson (Dakota/Hidatsa Nations)

Theresa Kenkiokoktha Fox (Mohawk)

Theresa Kenkiokoktha Fox (Mohawk)

Bud Lane III (Siletz)

Bud Lane III (Siletz)

Theresa Secord (Penobscot)

Theresa Secord (Penobscot)

2010

Wade Fernandez (Menominee)

Wade Fernandez (Menominee)

Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke)

Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke)

Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag)

Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag)

Richard Zane Smith (Wyandot)

Richard Zane Smith (Wyandot)

Therese St. Cyr (Oglala Lakota)

Therese St. Cyr (Oglala Lakota)

2011

Arnold Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo)

Arnold Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo)

Patricia E. Hicks (Paiute)

Patricia E. Hicks (Paiute)

Lani Hotch (Tlingit)

Lani Hotch (Tlingit)

Lucille Lossiah (Eastern Band of Cherokees)

Lucille Lossiah (Eastern Band of Cherokees)

Dana Tiger (Mvskoke)

Dana Tiger (Mvskoke)

Loretta Webster (Onieda Nation of Wisconsin)

Loretta Webster (Onieda Nation of Wisconsin)

2012

David A. Boxley (Tsimshian)

David A. Boxley (Tsimshian)

Duane Goodwin (Anishinaabe)

Duane Goodwin (Anishinaabe)

Elizabeth Jaakola (Anishinaabe)

Elizabeth Jaakola (Anishinaabe)

G. Peter Jemison (Seneca)

G. Peter Jemison (Seneca)

Jackie Parsons (Blackfeet)

Jackie Parsons (Blackfeet)

Charlie Hill (Oneida)

Charlie Hill (Oneida)

2013

Watie J. Akins (Penobscot)

Watie J. Akins (Penobscot)

Georgianna Houle (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

Georgianna Houle (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

Denise K. Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

Denise K. Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

Susan Malutin (Afognak)

Susan Malutin (Afognak)

Cyril Lani Pahinui (Native Hawaiian)

Cyril Lani Pahinui (Native Hawaiian)

Victoria Holt Takamine (Native Hawaiian)

Victoria Holt Takamine (Native Hawaiian)

2014

Jody Naranjo Folwell-Turipa (Santa Clara/Tewa)

Jody Naranjo Folwell-Turipa (Santa Clara/Tewa)

Douglas K. Limon (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Douglas K. Limon (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Delbert Miller (Skokomish)

Delbert Miller (Skokomish)

Anton Treuer (White Earth/Leech Lake Ojibwe)

Anton Treuer (White Earth/Leech Lake Ojibwe)

2015

David R. Boxley (Tsimshian)

David R. Boxley (Tsimshian)

Mel Losh (Ojibwe)

Mel Losh (Ojibwe)

Keone Nunes (Native Hawaiian)

Keone Nunes (Native Hawaiian)

Wayne Valliere (Ojibwe)

Wayne Valliere (Ojibwe)

2016

Jack Wallace Gladstone (Blackfeet)

Jack Wallace Gladstone (Blackfeet)

Luther G. (Butch) and Lydia Louise Goings (Eastern Band of Cherokee)

Luther G. (Butch) and Lydia Louise Goings (Eastern Band of Cherokee)

Duncan Ka'ohu Seto (Native Hawaiian)

Duncan Ka'ohu Seto (Native Hawaiian)

Jennie Wheeler (Tlingit)

Jennie Wheeler (Tlingit)

Phillip Whiteman, Jr. (Northern Cheyenne) and Lynette Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota)

Phillip Whiteman, Jr. (Northern Cheyenne) and Lynette Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota)

2017

Norma Blacksmith (Oglala Lakota)

Norma Blacksmith (Oglala Lakota)

Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)

Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo)

Jonathan James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag)

Jonathan James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag)

Timara Lotah Link (Chumash Coastal Band)

Timara Lotah Link (Chumash Coastal Band)