Honorees hold plagues presented by NCAI on front row. NCAI board members standing. PHOTO: Rhonda LeValdo
WASHINGTON— The National Congress of American Indians presented its 16th Annual Leaderships Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, 2014 during the organization’s 2014 Executive Council Winter Session being held this week at the Westin Washington City Center in Washington, D.C.
The list of honorees showcased people and groups who have given back to Indian country and worked hard for Native nations.
This year’s honorees are:
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho, longstanding supporter of tribal issues, Congressional Leadership Award
James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Governmental Leadership Award
Kevin Gover, Pawnee, director, National Museum of the American Indian, Native American Leadership Award
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, leader in the philanthropic world and worked with many Native non-profits, Public Sector Leadership Award
Chairman Earl Barbry Sr., Past Chairman Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, was one of the longest serving leaders of any federally recognized tribe, Special Recognition Leadership Award
Juanita Ahtone, Kiowa, with her father as a founding member of NCAI, she has been a part of the NCAI family since childhood, she has not missed an annual convention in over 40 years, Special Recognition Leadership Award