Native American Hall of Honor Ceremony canceled

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Caution over assembling large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic has led to cancellation of the 2020 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor Ceremony.

Safety guided the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission in canceling the annual induction ceremony that recognizes outstanding Native American individuals and groups who represent their tribe and culture.

“Those who have been honored are typically the distinguished elders and leaders of our tribes,” said Scott Davis, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director. “It stands to reason that we should exercise an abundance of caution at this time to protect the people we revere.”

The North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor began in 2016. The annual induction ceremony is held in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage Center in September during the time of United Tribes Technical College International Powwow.

The Hall of Honor exhibit in the Heritage Center and State Museum is a formal display of personal artifacts from honorees, accompanied by professional video presentations that share their remarkable histories. Inductees are recognized for traditional and contemporary achievements in four categories: Arts and Culture, Athletics, Leadership and Veterans.

According to Davis, the Hall of Honor nomination process remains open. For those who wish to submit names for consideration, a nomination form is available on the website: https://www.indianaffairs.nd.gov/. Selections are made by a committee representing Native communities and tribes across the state. Those nominations already submitted for 2020 to the commission will be included for consideration in 2021 when the Hall of Honor resumes.

More Information: 701-328-2428 or email Brad Hawk at bhawk@nd.gov

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: No Hall of Honor Induction in 2020

As a safety measure, the 2020 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony has been canceled. The North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission chooses to emphasize caution during this time of the worldwide pandemic. Gathering together our most distinguished elders and leaders at this time would place them in harm’s way and run counter to tribal and state guidelines to avoid crowds, practice social distancing and stay home. The Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony will return in 2021, when we have patiently outlasted this test of our resiliency. In the meantime, the nomination process remains open. You are invited to visit the commission’s website, https://www.indianaffairs.nd.gov/, and submit a nomination for an individual or group that deserves recognition and honor. Nominations already submitted for 2020 will be included for consideration when the Hall of Honor resumes.

Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

– Scott Davis, Executive Director, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission

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