TCJ Announces Student Awards

May 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Tribal College Journal (TCJ) announced the winners of its annual TCJ Student creative writing, art, and film contest today. This year the publication had a strong pool of entries in all categories, making the contest especially competitive. The journal’s staff thanks all those who submitted their work and looks forward to more submissions in the years to come.

In the writing categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, guest editor LeAnne Howe chose three award recipients—there were no places. The journal also recognized additional excellent entries with an honorable mention. The writing contest winners in each category were officially announced at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s annual student awards banquet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this past March. Their work will be published in the fall edition of TCJ (published August 15) and will be posted on TCJ’s online tribal college student literary website, TCJ Student.org. Those earning an honorable mention will be published online.

The cover art contest was especially competitive this year, with over 60 entries. Daniel McCoy Jr.’s (Muscogee Creek/Potawatomi) painting, New Jams, New Jewelry will be featured on the 2015 edition of TCJ Student. McCoy is a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Several students from tribal colleges across Indian Country had works named as honorable mentions. Their pieces will be featured both within the pages of TCJ Student and/or at TCJStudent.org.

The TCJ Student film contest entered its second year. Like the cover art contest, TCJ received a wide array of quality work. Echota Cheyenne Killsnight from the Institute of American Indian Arts won top honors for his supurb film, Malevolent. Killsnight’s music video, True Pride Reality was declared an honorable mention along with Razelle Benally’s work Bye Bye Ronnie. Benally also attends the Institute of American Indian Arts, further underscoring the college’s wealth of talent. Rounding out the honorable mentions for the film contest was Ashley Coons’ documentary Umonhon Blue Ribbon. Coons is a student at Nebraska Indian Community College. All four of the films will be available for viewing at TCJStudent.org with the release of TCJ Student this August.

TCJ thanks its sponsors—the U.S. Coast Guard, Navajo Technical College, Leech Lake Tribal College, and the Crazy Horse Memorial—for their generous support. Below are TCJ’s award winners for 2015:

WINNING ENTRIES

Fiction

“Small Hopes Shine Brightest” by Taylor Long Crow of Sinte Gleska University

“The Rez Cat M” by Rudell Two Bulls Jr. of Navajo Technical University

“They Don’t Know Where They Will Go When They Die” by Ruby Hansen Murray of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Creative Nonfiction

“David and Sunockv” by Elizabeth Anita Roastingear of the Institute of American Indian Arts

“From Pandan Leaf to Birch Bark” by Michelle Marion of Leech Lake Tribal College

“On the Trail to the Swamp” by Mary Kancewick of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Poetry

“Journey to the Canyon Floor” by Ramona Emerson of the Institute of American Indian Arts

“O-Eyes” by Timothy Carrier of the Institute of American Indian Arts

“Texier’s Travels” by Ruby Hansen Murray of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Film

Malevolent directed by Echota Cheyenne Killsnight of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Art

New Jams, New Jewelry by Daniel McCoy Jr. of the Institute of American Indian Arts

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Fiction

“Noodin and Giizhik” by Grace Roberts of White Earth Tribal and Community College

“The Coming of Big Foot” by Mary Baker of Fort Berthold Community College

Creative Nonfiction

“Comfort?” by Alice Rose Crow of the Institute of American Indian Arts

“Going AWOL” by Rudell Two Bulls Jr. of Navajo Technical University

Poetry

“A Prayer for Piestewa” by Vicki Alberts of Fort Berthold Community College

“Somewhere in the Fog” by Prairie Rose Seminole of Fort Berthold Community College

Film

Bye Bye Ronnie directed by Razelle Benally of the Institute of American Indian Arts

True Pride Reality directed by Echota Cheyenne Killsnight of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Umonhon Blue Ribbon directed by Ashley Coons of Nebraska Indian Community College

Art

Altruism: Alvin Adakai by Gregory Ballenger of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Angela Scraping Her Caribou Hide by Tania Larsson of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Dream Stealer by Logan Maxon of United Tribes Technical College

Half Breed by Kali Spitzer of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Nata’yo by Stephen Hunt of Salish Kootenai College

Reach for the Stars by Keena Numkna of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Side Line by Michael Begay of College of Menominee Nation

Congratulations to all of the winners. We hope that you will check out the excellent work of these talented writers mid-August in the fall edition of Tribal College Journal and on our website, www.tribalcollegejournal.org.

About Tribal College Journal

Tribal College Journal is a non-profit media organization which operates under the auspices of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), an organization of 38 tribally-controlled colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The tribal colleges operate more than 70 campuses nation-wide.

TCJ’s mission is to provide a primary resource of news, information, and best practices in American Indian higher education for everyone with an interest or stake in the social, economic, and educational development of American Indian tribes and communities.

Tribal College Journal has covered the news, newsmakers, and issues in the American Indian higher education movement for more than 23 years, earning multiple journalism awards from organizations such as the Native American Journalists Association, Association Media and Publishing, and Western Publishing Association.

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