September 2020

Under a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship promotes intellectual leadership in Native American communities by supporting outstanding Native Americans who hail from a wide variety of fields and who utilize different modes of expression in communicating their knowledge and work.

The goal of the fellowship is to identify, support and convene Native American knowledge holders and knowledge makers who embody exceptional creativity and progressive and critical thinking, and who have the potential to significantly move forward their fields in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Native communities and beyond. Core to this program is supporting Native individuals who are engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that advances their respective field or area of expertise.

For this fellowship, Native intellectual leadership is defined broadly and includes cultural leaders, media makers, scientists, health professionals, academics, curators, artists, writers, and policy makers, among others. The work of these leaders takes many forms, including journalism, visual art, film and video, speeches or sermons, educational curricula, music or theater, formal scholarship or research, public health strategies, legal arguments, fiction, and policy analysis.

Apply for the 2021 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The application period opens September 10, 2020, and ends October 22, 2020. Learn more.

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Learn how to talk about fall cranberries in our September 2020 Native word of the month. Hąį’ęę to Allan Hayton for the translation.

Trahkyaa = High bush cranberries

Khaiits’a’ dai’, trahkyaa lei kwaii tr’aahtsii. = In the fall time we pick lots of high bush cranberries.


For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

The Catching the Dream (CTD) Scholarship’s objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement. CTD aims to help improve the quality of life in Native American communities through the higher education by providing scholarship funds for students who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, determination to succeed, and the desire to return to their communities and help others realize their dreams.

Application Deadline:

• September 15, 2020

Award Amount:

• Varies


• Must be enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe (CIB must come directly from the Tribe)

• Three Letters of recommendation

• Must be full-time student at credited college or University

• Must be seeking B.A. or higher

• Completed form must be mailed (fax or email will not be accepted)

For all other requirements and additional questions please click HERE.