TCJ Writers Receive National Writing Awards

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News

Tina Deschenie (Diné/ Hopi) and Michael Thompson (Mvskoke Creek) were honored in June by the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP). Their awards were for articles published in Vol. 19, No. 2 of Tribal College Journal.

Deschenie’s editor’s essay (“Why We are Sticking to Our Stories”) won the Bronze EXCEL Award in the editorial award category. Thompson’s article (“Honoring the Word: Classroom instructors find that students respond best to oral tradition”) won the Gold EXCEL Award in the feature article category.

The EXCEL program judges over 1,000 magazines, newsletters, scholarly journals, electronic publications, and websites each year. SNAP said, “With a record-breaking number of entries, it was more difficult than ever to win an award. Your submissions displayed superior quality and truly represent the best and the brightest in the association community.”

Thompson teaches high school English. He is a frequent contributor to TCJ.

Deschenie has been the editor of TCJ since 2006. In May, she received the 2008 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Deschenie was selected for her activism, writings, and education efforts.

Twenty outstanding women were selected for the Governor’s Award. According to the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, “These recipients are selfless women working to improve the status of New Mexico’s women and families.”

Prior to coming to TCJ, Deschenie was an educator and administrator in American Indian education for 25 years. She has been involved with the tribal colleges both as a student and a staff member. In 2004, Deschenie was the associate dean of continuing education at Crownpoint Institute of Technology (renamed Navajo Technical College).

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