Mary and Carrie Dann Announcement

Let your voices be heard: The second annual Mary and Carrie Dann Native American & Indigenous scholarship competition

Rosa Parks

The Mary and Carrie Dann Scholarship Competition is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to submit scholarly and/or creative work centered on the Native and Indigenous worldview that embraces and fosters a way of knowing or consciousness, which emphasizes the dignity of all living things, respect, humility, and gratitude, and the interconnections of all life and all life systems: land, nature and community.

Scholarly & Creative submissions can address a range of subjects. Students are encouraged to explore themes such as the complexities of Native and Indigenous relationships to the land and its rich history, which begins with the idea of connectedness and relatedness, the sacred, sustainability, and social and environmental justice; or emphasize issues related to degradation of the earth, economic sustainability, the effects of climate change, protective legislation, NAGRA, and language recovery. Submissions can also explore Native and Indigenous history and/or cultural expression.

Awards: The minimum award is $500.00. Winners will have the opportunity to present their work at an awards ceremony to on Thursday March 23, 2017 4:30-7:30 Kramer Family Library 3rd floor Apse. In addition, the winning entries will be featured on the Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST) web page. All entries will be judged according to the quality of work and the relevance to the scholarship’s central themes. Be sure that all submissions conform to the citation/permission system appropriate to your discipline. The competition is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students, with the exception of previous Dann scholarship winners. One entry per student or team.


  • Students are asked to submit 5 copies of any written work, creative discs or tapes accompanied by a completed, word-processed submission form.
  • The student’s name, however, should not appear anywhere on the entry – it should only appear on the submission form.
  • All entries must also include a fully developed abstract, which contains a clear thesis and establishes the relevance of the submission to the competition.
  • All materials should be clearly labeled, and indicate the names of anyone who assisted you with your entry or collaborated with you on your submission.
  • All entries must be submitted to Jane Muller Academic Office Building (ACAD) #406 by 12:00 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Research/critical essays:

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Length: Up to 20 pages (double spaced); does not include endnotes or work sited/bibliography. Be sure to include a bibliography or a list of works cited. All essays should conform to the citation/permission system appropriate to your discipline.

*Performance Category: Performance entries may be, but are not limited to, multimedia presentations, photography, musical compositions, comedic or theatrical presentations, films, performance art, movies, dance, painting, sculpture and action/community service projects. Each entry, with the exception of sculptures and paintings, should be submitted on DVD or flash drive (limited to 20 minutes or less).

*Personal Reflection: Submissions may not exceed 20 pages of double-spaced, word-processed work. Be sure to paginate your entry.

*Creative Writing: Short Stories may not exceed 20 double-spaced, word-processed pages; plays may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages.

*Poetry: One poetry submission per student; may not exceed 12 individual poems. Your submission will be judged in its entirety as opposed to individual works/poems.

All artwork, including DVD’s or CD’s, etc. should be picked up within 6 months of submission. Submissions cannot be stored.

All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm on Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Jane Muller in the WEST office, Academic Office Building (ACAD) #406

No entries will be accepted via email. They must be dropped off.

Entry forms are available on the WEST website // and outside ACAD #406. Students are encouraged to utilize the resources at the Writing Center, and also to contact with any questions. Jane Muller: 719.255.4553/

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