Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 4

Indians Get Look at "We Shall Remain"

Office of Indian Education's 2009 Native American Student Artist and Writers

Congratulations to the Office of Indian Education's 2009 Native American Student Artist and Writers Competition winners! The competition was open to all American Indian and Alaska Native students in Grades Pre-K through 12. A total of 604 students from 30 states submitted works in a variety of media.

Office of Indian Education hopes the competition inspires students to explore the connections between  education and Native culture through art and writing. The theme for 2009's entries was: 
Tradition is My Life, Education is My Future.

2009 Art Winners


"Learning for All Children" by Mia Allen (Cherokee)

"I am Bear Clan" by Gavin French (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

"My Love" by Amber Roy (Northern Paiute/M'Chigeeng Ojibwe)

Grades K-2

"Tradition Guides My Future" by Aubrey Brown (Cherokee), 2nd grade

"Moving Tradition Toward Education" by Kinley Soap (Cherokee), Kindergarten

"Believing in Myself" by Sonja Mendoza (Gila River Indian Community), 1st grade

Grades 3-5

"The Quilt of Traditions" by Caleb Williamson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), 3rd grade

Untitled by Lara Yazzie (Navajo), 5th grade

"Traditional Culture" by Candace Jefferson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), 4th grade

Grades 6-8

"Catching My Dreams Through Education" by Paige Fourkiller (Cherokee), 7th grade

Education Tree" by Sabre Billie (Seminole Tribe of Florida), 6th grade

Untitled by Uyvaya Lomakema (Hopi), 8th grade

Grades 9-10

"Earth's Classroom" by Santana Shorty (Navajo), 10th grade

Untitled by Coleman Stevens (Oneida Indian Nation), 9th grade

"Student" by Kayla Soares (United Houma Nation), 9th grade

Grades 11-12

Untitled by Macklin Becenti (Navajo), 11th grade

"Student" by Michelle Zahgotah (White Mountain Apache Tribe), 12th grade

"Vision of Life" by Otis Rustin (San Carlos Apache/Jemez Pueblo), 12th grade

Honorable Mention

"Education in Two Worlds" by Jalen Kemble (Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma), 9th grade

"Tradition is My Life/Education is My Future" by Anna Muselmann (Cherokee), 11th grade

"Student" by Reyberta Kessay (White Mountain Apache Tribe), 12th grade


2009 Writing Winners

Grades 6-8

"Ways of Life" by Evan Baca (San Juan Pueblo), 7th grade

"Tradition is My Life, Education is My Future" by Mariah Coffee (Warm Springs), 8th grade

"The Pueblo Ways" by Ashley Salter (San Juan Pueblo), 7th grade

Grades 9-10

"Voices of the Past" by Daphne Coriz (Santo Domingo Pueblo), 10th grade

"Old Lessons for New Horizons by Sean LittleCook (Ponca), 9th grade

"My Sacred Bowl of Traditions" by Kinsley Candelaria (San Felipe), 10th grade

Grades 11-12

"Multicultural Learning" by Angela Pacheco (Santo Domingo Pueblo), 12th grade

Untitled by RedHorse Blackelk Jim (Navajo/Lakota), 11th grade

"Tradition is My Life, Education is My Future" by Zack Ellison (Cherokee/Osage), 11th grade

View the artwork and read the writings from previous competitions:

For the list of winners and additional information, please visit

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