The Henry Luce Foundation, with First Nations Development Institute (FNDI), is thrilled to announce the inaugural class of Native intellectual leaders selected to receive Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowships. Ten fellows were chosen from over 550 applications. They are artists, activists, scholars, and culture bearers whose work and projects will contribute to a diverse range of fields including traditional craftwork, Indigenous birthing knowledge and early-childhood education, Native languages, and tribal justice.
“These knowledge makers and knowledge keepers are exemplary leaders, serving their communities by sharing their insight and understanding,” shared Luce Foundation Vice President, Sean T. Buffington. “The Luce Foundation is proud to support their work and to invest in the ongoing, millennia-old project of Indigenous knowledge-making.”
A complete list of awardees, including 25 honorable mentions who also demonstrated a strong commitment to generate, perpetuate and disseminate indigenous knowledge, can be found on the FNDI website. These individuals receive a small monetary award in recognition of their impressive work in their fields of knowledge.
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) are pleased to announce the selection of ten fellows for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship.
The Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship was created in 2019 to honor and support intellectual leaders in Native communities who are actively working to generate, perpetuate and disseminate indigenous knowledge. Selected fellows will receive a monetary award of $50,000 and access to additional resources for training and professional development; they will also convene three times throughout the fellowship year to share and grow their existing knowledge, passion and drive to achieve their personal and community goals. In addition, fellows will receive a grant of $25,000 to continue their work after the fellowship.
“We are honored to partner with the Henry Luce Foundation to support this talented cohort of fellows who are working to advance Indigenous knowledge across Native communities,” said Michael E. Roberts, President and CEO of First Nations. “Historically, Indigenous knowledge systems were dismissed, devalued and attacked. This fellowship demonstrates that Indigenous people do possess valuable knowledge that can transform communities. These talented individuals demonstrate the ingenuity and genius present in Native communities.”
Sean T. Buffington, Vice President of the Luce Foundation, praised the newly-named fellows: “These knowledge makers and knowledge keepers are exemplary leaders, serving their communities by sharing their insight and understanding. The Luce Foundation is proud to support their work and to invest in the ongoing, millennia-old project of Indigenous knowledge-making.”
The inaugural class of Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows was selected by an Indigenous advisory committee from over 550 applicants, and represent 13 Indigenous nations from 7 states.
The 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge fellows are: