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 2021 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.
2021 Fellowship Honorable Mentions and Knowledge Fields
- Angelo Baca, Diné/Hopi, Traditional Knowledge, Sacred Lands Protection
- Carrie Calisay Cannon, Kiowa/Oglala Lakota, Ethnobotany, Language Preservation/Revitalization
- Christina M. Thomas, MA, Numu (Northern Paiute)/Newe (Western Shoshone)/Hopi (Tobacco Clan), Indigenous Music and Language Resurgence
- Francis “Palani” Sinenci (Kuhikuhi Pu’uone), Native Hawaiian/Holani Hana/East Maui/Hawai’i, Kuhikuhi Pu’uone (Master Architect), Master Mason, Kuklu Hale (Indigenous Hawaiian Architecture), Uhau Humu Pohaku (Indigenous Hawaiian Masonry)
- Gary Dubois, Luiseno Tribe, Customs and Tradition
- Katherine Gottlieb, Seldovia Village Tribe/Old Harbor Village Tribe/Native Village of Eklutna, Tribal Leader in the Alaska Native Community
- Laura Manthe, Oneida, Traditional Foods
- Leona Swamp, Akwesasne Mohawk, Grief & Intergenerational Trauma
- Michael Waasegiizhig Price, Wikwemikong First Nation, Anishinaabe Star Knowledge and Cosmology
- Roger Fernandes, Lower Elwah Klallam, Storytelling, Art
- Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P., Saddle Lake First Nation, Architecture
- Zachariah Mitteness (Earley) Binesi Dagoshin, White Earth, Ojibwe Second Language Speaker, Ceremonial Knowledge Keeper, Wild Foods and Medicine Knowledge, Traditional Ojibwe Artist