March 20, 2014 NOW Message: Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Contest

Osiyo (“Hello” in the Cherokee Nation language)!

This Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) email shares
information about
the Holland & Knight Young Native
Writers Contest
for high school students currently enrolled in grades

The Holland &
Knight Charitable Foundation
 seeks to promote education and
create new opportunities for youth. As part of that effort, the foundation
partners with the National Museum of the American Indian
and the National Indian Education Association to
offer this exciting essay contest for Native American youth. Click on this link or scroll down
to learn more about contest details.  


Write an essay about one or more of the cultural
images, symbols, or art forms that have been historically utilized by your
community (American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian) to communicate
a particular message/value or serve a specific purpose. The essay should:

  • Describe
    the image(s), symbol(s) or art forms (hereinafter, collectively,
  • Explain
    how the image was historically used by the community;
  • Reflect
    on your own experience (including your thoughts and feelings) with the
    image; and
  • Suggest
    why or how the image is still relevant today.

essays must be submitted by email in PDF format
to Essays
sent by regular mail, fax, or any other method will be disqualified. You must
include your full name, email address and contact telephone number in the

REFERENCES & RESEARCH IS REQUIRED: While this is a creative writing project, research
must be an integral element of the writing process and essays must contain a
bibliography, works cited or reference page.


The following prizes will be awarded to essay

Five (5) First-Place Winners will each receive an
expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Museum of the
American Indian and other prominent sites as part of Scholar Week (July 20 –
24, 2014).

First-place winners will receive a special award for
display at home or school. In addition, first-place winners will receive a
scholarship of $2,500 to be paid directly to the college or university of his
or her choice. 

Application Deadline: April 22, 2014

We encourage you to visit our website ( for a comprehensive list of
available resources (scholarships, fellowships, summer programs, grant
opportunities, etc.). Thank you for your continued support and interest in
the Center for Native American Youth.

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About the Center for Native American Youth
Founded by former US Senator Byron Dorgan, the
Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is a policy program within the Aspen
Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. While a part of The Aspen
Institute, CNAY is also overseen by a Board of Advisors. The goal of CNAY is
to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American
youth, and to foster solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide
How you can help.

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