HONORING NATIONS: AN INVITATION
It is with great enthusiasm I announce that Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations (Honoring Nations) is now accepting applications for Honoring Nations 2010. Since 1998, Honoring Nations has been identifying, celebrating, and sharing outstanding examples of tribal governance.
Along with my colleagues on the Honoring Nations Board of Governors and the staff of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, I invite you to participate in Honoring Nations 2010. Whether you submit an application or nominate a candidate, you are making an important contribution to the promotion of good governance throughout Indian Country. By sharing your success stories and knowledge, you demonstrate the vitality and promise of Indian Country while also contributing to future generations.
Oren R. Lyons
Chairman, Honoring Nations Board of Governors
HONORING NATIONS: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for an Honoring Nations award, the contribution to good governance (i.e., the program, practice, or initiative) must:
- Be administered under the authority of an American Indian nation or Alaska Native community (or an office, division, or agency thereof) that played a formative role in designing and implementing the Contribution.
- Be submitted by the tribal government office, division, or agency responsible for oversight and/or administration of the Contribution. NOTE: Partnerships with other entities (nonprofits, private organizations, or other governmental entities) are encouraged, but the application must be submitted by a tribal government or tribal government entity.
- Have been in operation for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline.
Note: Multiple applications from a single nation are welcome, and programs that have applied for an award in previous awards are encouraged to re-apply if not they were not previously awarded Honors or High Honors.
At each stage of the selection process, applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Effectiveness – The Contribution achieves positive and measurable results in addressing a key concern, problem, or challenge facing the nation and its citizens.
- Significance to Sovereignty – The Contribution strengthens self-governance and self-determination for the nation.
- Cultural Relevance - The Contribution fits, reflects, and strengthens the nation's culture.
- Transferability - The Contribution's concepts, principles, and practices are applicable to other governments.
- Sustainability - The Contribution shows promise of sustained effectiveness.
HONORING NATIONS SELECTION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
- Applications submitted for Honoring Nations 2010 must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 29, 2010.
- In mid-February, 30-35 programs will be chosen as semifinalists by the Harvard Project staff. The Harvard Project staff will conduct a short telephone interview with representatives of each of the semifinalist programs. Each semifinalist will then be asked to submit supplemental information and a letter of endorsement from the chief executive of the nation (i.e., chief, chairperson, president, governor, etc.)
- In mid-May, the Honoring Nations Board of Governors and the Harvard Project staff will choose up to 10 programs to receive site visits.
- In June, July, and August one day site visits will be conducted and finalists will be notified.
- In mid – November (November 16, 2010), finalists will gather in, Albuquerque, New Mexico for the final round of evaluation held in conjunction with the annual session of the National Congress of American Indians. Finalists will be asked to make a 10-minute presentation to the Honoring Nations Board of Governors and the public. The Board will then deliberate and select High Honors and Honors recipients. High Honors receive a $20,000 award to share their success story with others. Honors receive $10,000. Awards will be announced and all programs celebrated at an honoring ceremony that night.
- In mid-December, Honorees will be asked to develop a short proposal that describes how their monetary award will be used. Monetary awards must be used to share information about the honored Contribution.
- Honorees play a critical role in sharing their success stories. Honored programs are expected to participate in occasional conferences and symposia, particularly the 2011 Honoring Nations Symposium, Learning From Each Other: Improving Tribal Government Performance V.