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CAMBRIDGE, MASS – The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations program is pleased to announce the selection of 18 semifinalists for the 2014 cycle of the prestigious Honoring Nations awards. Honoring Nations identifies, celebrates and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of Honoring Nations are the principles that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian Nations.
Out of a pool of diverse, remarkable and powerful programs, 18 programs were selected as semifinalists (see below). These programs have demonstrated tremendous impact in their communities and evidenced great effectiveness, significance to sovereignty, transferability and sustainability – the criteria by which Honoring Nations assesses applicant programs. These programs will all be presented to the Board of Governors, and the Board will select six applicant programs to receive site visits. In October, the Honoring Nations Board will select three programs as High Honors and as many as three programs will be selected as Honors. Awarded programs provide models of success. By sharing their best practices, all governments – tribal and non-tribal alike – can benefit.
“Our destiny in is our hands. Being capable of directing our own future and defending the futures of our children and the futures of our nations is profoundly important. Honoring Nations understands this – and is a very, very positive program in Indian Country,” said Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Onondaga Indian Nation and chairman of the Honoring Nations Board of Governors.
Honoring Nations is the flagship program of The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a member of a worldwide family of “governmental best practices” awards programs. As the program’s Director, Megan Hill (Oneida Nation of WI) explains, “Honoring Nations recognizes innovative programs and initiatives operating throughout Indian Country and provides a unique opportunity for our nations to learn about and replicate these outstanding tribal governance success stories in their own communities.”
• Chickasaw Nation School-to-Work Program from the Chickasaw Nation, Ada, OK
• Comanche Nation Funeral Home from the Comanche Nation, Lawton, OK
• Hualapai Juvenile Detention & Rehabilitation Center from the Hualapai Tribe, Peach Springs, AZ
• Lummi Wetland and Habitat Mitigation Bank from the Lummi Nation, Bellingham, WA
• Lummi Youth Academy from the Lummi Nation, Bellingham, WA
• Oneida Life Insurance Plan Plus from the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, WI
• Owe'neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project from Ohkay Owingeh, Ohkay Owingeh
• Pemaytv Emahakv K-8 Charter School from the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation, Okeechobee, FL
• Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Child Welfare Program from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Kingston, WA
• Potawatomi Leadership Program from the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK
• Prairie Management Program from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Eagle Butte, SD
• San Manuel Fire Department Outreach from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Highland, CA
• Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Prior Lake, MN
• Swinomish Climate Change Initiative from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, LaConner, WA
• Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Elderly Protection from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Yates, ND
• Tribal Ventures 10-year Poverty Reduction Plan from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Eagle Butte, SD
• Tribal-State Intergovernmental Law Enforcement Agreement from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Fort Thompson, SD
• White Mountain Apache Suicide Surveillance System from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver, AZ