Submissions due for Native essay contest

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009

JUNEAU - The deadline for this year's Young Native Writers Essay Contest will be midnight on Thursday. The top five essay contest winners will receive college scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National Museum of the American Indian.

The teachers of all five winning essayists will receive a sponsored trip to accompany their students, and share in a week of touring NMAI and archives, visiting with Native American authors, and participating in various special events deigned specifically for the group.

Native American students wishing to enter the contest will write about cultural, historical and current events that are related to tribal life. The Web site,, contains all the guidelines for the essay contest, as well as Native American lesson plans and reference sources for students and teachers. Past winning essays are posted at this site, as well as pictures from previous Washington, D.C., trips.

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a collaborative project of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation and NMAI. For more information, contact Angela Vlachos Ruth at or 813-227-6331.

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