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The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations program announced its list of semifinalists for the 2016 Honoring Nations Awards. Selected from more than 80 entries, the prestigious group of 18 semifinalists represents a wide range of justice, education, cultural affairs, economic development, environment and natural resources, intergovernmental relations, health and social services, and government performance programs across Indian Country. Honoring Nations identifies, celebrates and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of Honoring Nations are the principles that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian Nations.
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    T HE H ARVARD P ROJECT ON  A MERICAN I NDIAN E CONOMIC D EVELOPMENT   John F. Kennedy School of Government !  Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street !  Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 telephone: (617) 495-495-1480 website: www.hpaied.org PRESS RELEASE: March 7, 2016 Media Contact: Moana Palelei HoChing, (617) 496-2654, moana_hoching@hks.harvard.edu  18 Tribal Programs Named Semifinalists for Harvard’s 2016 Honoring Nations Award   The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s  Honoring Nations  program announced its list of semifinalists for the 2016 Honoring Nations Awards. Selected from more than 80 entries, the prestigious group of 18 semifinalists represents a wide range of justice, education, cultural affairs, economic development, environment and natural resources, intergovernmental relations, health and social services, and government performance programs across Indian Country.  Honoring Nations  identifies, celebrates and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of  Honoring Nations  are the principles that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian Nations. This year’s applicants included 83 outstanding tribal programs representing 135 tribes and 10 tribal consortia. Eighteen of the most inventive and successful programs were chosen to advance as semifinalists (see below). These  programs have demonstrated tremendous impact in their communities and evidenced great effectiveness, significance to sovereignty, transferability and sustainability – the criteria by which  Honoring Nations  assesses applicant programs. Each of these programs will be presented to the Honoring Nations’ Board of Governors, and the Board will select six applicant programs to receive site visits. In October, the  Honoring Nations  Board will select three programs as High Honors and as many as three other programs will be selected as Honors. Awarded programs  provide models of success. By sharing their best practices, all governments – tribal and non-tribal alike – can  benefit. “Honoring Nations is providing an extraordinary centerpiece to the convergence of a wonderful spirit between the hard work of tribal leaders at one level and the hard work by their people on the ground,” said Regis Pecos (Chochiti), Chairman of the  Honoring Nations  Board of Governors. As a member of a worldwide family of “governmental best practices” award programs,  Honoring Nations  is the flagship program of The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The program’s director, Megan Minoka Hill (Oneida Nation of WI) explains, “These awards recognize exemplary creativity and innovation in tribal governance. Time and time again, Honoring Nations awardees provide valuable lessons and practices for local governments, both tribal and non-tribal, to learn from and hopefully replicate.” Semifinalists Programs: ã   Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative , Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium ã   BMWC Outreach and Enrollment , Coeur d’Alene Tribe ã   Calricaraq: Indigenous Yup’ik Wellbeing, Calista Region/Yukon Kuskowkwim Delta Tribal Communities ã   Camp Onji-Akiing (From the Earth), Intertribal ã   Chickasaw Nation School-to-Work Program,   Chickasaw Nation ã   Chickasaw Nation Sick Child Care Program, Chickasaw Nation ã   Design and Construction of Capital Projects, Pueblo of Sandia    T HE H ARVARD P ROJECT ON  A MERICAN I NDIAN E CONOMIC D EVELOPMENT   John F. Kennedy School of Government !  Harvard University 79 John F. Kennedy Street !  Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 telephone: (617) 495-495-1480 website: www.hpaied.org ã   Lummi Ventures Partnership, Lummi Nation ã    Native American Drug and Gang Initiative Task Force, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin ã    Native Plant and Greenhouse Facility, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians ã   Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, Cherokee Nation ã   OST Partnership for Housing, Inc., Oglala Lakota ã   Project Tiwahu – Redefining Tigua Citizenship,   Ysleta del Sur Pueblo ã   They Are Not Forgotten, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ã   Tulalip Lushootseed Department, Tulalip Tribes ã   USET Tribal Certification Program and TUS, Intertribal ã   Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project, Wampanoag Nation ã   Yurok Justice Center, Yurok Tribe
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