Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards 2012

LF3 Memorial Award (Wordcrafter of the Year): Arigon Starr

For her work with the Indigenous Narratives Collective in trying to bring more attention to the work of Native American comic book artists and graphic novelists and connect with our youth and communities by tapping into the artistic spirit coupled with good storytelling.

Bright Star Award (Youth of the Year): Stephanie Padilla and Pamela Lujan

For their support of Wordcraft Circle and embodying our vision for the future.

Sovereign Nation of the Year: Oneida Nation

For their long-time commitment to supporting the voices of Native people, especially through their arts initiatives in and around the Oneida Nation.

Pathfinder Award: Sovereign Erotics – Qwo-li Driskill, Deborah Miranda, Daniel Heath Justice, Lisa Tatonetti

For pushing the boundaries of Native literature by exploring new topics and blazing a trail for the next generation of writers and storytellers.

Editor of the Year: Allison Hedge Coke, Sing: Poetry for the Indigenous Americas


Fiction: Geary Hobson, Plain of Jars And Other Stories

Non-Fiction: Lois Red Elk, Our Blood Remembers

Poetry: Alice Azure, Games of Transformations

Film: Diane Glancy, Dome of Heaven

Children’s Literature: Tim Tingle, Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey From Darkness Into Light

Academic: Jodi Byrd, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism

Performer: James Luna

Album: Radmilla Cody, Shi Kehyah: Songs for the People

History: Betty Donohue, Bradford’s Indian Book: Being the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation

Publisher: Mongrel Empire, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish

Blogger: Debbie Reese, American Indians In Children’s Literature

Drama: Kim Blaeser, The Museum At Red Earth

Genre (Historical Fiction): Murv Jacobs, Debbie Duval, James Murray, Secret History of the Cherokees

Genre (Mystery): Sara Hoklotubbe, The American Cafe

Genre (Literary Criticism): Penelope Myrtle Kelsey, Maurice Kenny: Celebration of a Mohawk Writer