2023 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship Honorable Mentions

The quantity and quality of applications First Nations receives for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship is an indicator of the amazing work happening throughout Indian Country. The applicants we are able to accept into the fellowship program are a mere fraction of the number of Indigenous knowledge makers and knowledge practitioners across the country who are bringing important and valuable insights to their Native communities to improve lives and futures.

We honor these individuals who participated in the 2023 application process, both for taking the time to share their expertise with us and for their excellence and commitment as leaders in their knowledge fields.

2023 Fellowship Honorable Mentions and Knowledge Fields

  • Jennifer Denetdale, Diné, Critical Indigenous Studies, Diné Studies, Indigenous Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Carol Emarthle Douglas, Northern Arapaho-Seminole, Traditional/Contemporary Basket Weaver and Multimedia Artist
  • DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Catawba Nation, Basketry, Storytelling, Performance, Music, and Technology
  • Marcella Giles, Mvskoke Creek, Original Allotments
  • Stormy Hamar, Kasaan Haida, Haida Steamed Dugout Canoe Making
  • Polly Hyslop, Northway Tribal Descendant, Enrolled to the Tanana Tribe and White River First Nation, Indigenous Dispute Systems Design and Peacemaking
  • Steve LaRance, Hopi-Assiniboine, Youth Cultural Programming and Empowerment
  • Lanniko L. Lee, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Literature, Poetry and Essays
  • Gilbert Louis, III, Acoma Pueblo, USDA/FSA Programming
  • Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot, Environmental, Spiritual
  • Rachael Nez, Navajo Diné Nation, Media/Art and Technologies, Native Language Reclamation and Community-based Research
  • Pete Perez, Chamorro, Mariana Islands, Indigenous Canoe Building and Traditional Restoration
  • Dawn M. Spears, Narragansett, Indigenous Food Producer and Advocate, Cultural Preservationist, Artist, Designer, Dollmaker
  • Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Chickasaw, Classical Composer
  • Diane M. Zephier, Oglala Nation, Traditional History

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