Ross Racine to be Given Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Award

Published November 6, 2018
CHICAGO  —  The Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Award is given for a distinguished speaker whose contributions in social activism advanced Native peoples on a national scale. The award namesake, Dr. Montezuma, was a Chicago physician and Native American activist who was one of the founding members of the Society of American Indians and ardent advocate for the voting rights for Native peoples. This year’s awardee is Ross Racine

The keynote address is titled “Reduce the Carbon Footprint, Address Health and Social Issues, and Attain Sovereignty in Food Production through Indian Agriculture.” Racine will provide a brief overview of the history of Indian agriculture, a snapshot of Indian ag today, and where we could be tomorrow if we took today’s production and put it in a consumable form. Incorporating Indian Agriculture offers “a huge opportunity to attain true sovereignty (feed ourselves), address many of our health & social issues, as well as, reduce the carbon footprint of food production” says Racine.

The Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Award is given for exemplary service and philanthropic giving in promoting American Indian culture. Mrs. Mitchell gave generously to many Native organizations throughout her life, including co-founding the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

The 2018 recipient of her namesake award is Dr. Frederick Hoxie, author of numerous publications including This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made, professor of American Indian history at University of Illinois, founding director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library, and consultant and expert witness for the US Department of Justice, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the National Park Service.

The Woodrow “Woody” Crumbo Award is given for exceptional contributions in the development and preservation of American Indian art. Woody Crumbo spent six decades of the mid-20th century promoting Native American art. He participated in hundreds of exhibits, painted murals inside the US Department of Interior, and had hundreds of his pieces acquired by museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

The 2018 recipient is artist and entrepreneur, Louie Gong (Nooksack/Chinese/French/Scottish). Louie Gong is a former child and family therapist, whose art incorporates his passion of Coast Salish art and pop culture to discuss multi-cultural identity and has been featured in numerous films, publications, and museums. Founded in 2008, he opened the flagship store for Eighth Generation in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and launched his initiative to “Support Inspired Natives, not Native-inspired.”

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. In 2017, the Mitchell Museum won the Illinois Association of Museums’ Superior Award for Exhibits. The museum’s latest exhibit “Indigenous Entrepreneurship” features awardees Ross Racine’s organization, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, and Louie Gong’s store, Eighth Generation and highlights over 40 other Native-owned businesses and tribal enterprises.

Program to be held in the 3009 Central St. building followed by a reception.

Admission: $15 / $12 members. Tribal Citizens Free

For more information or RSVP: 847-475-1030

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