The Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki Program, focused on cultural education, has been chosen as one of nine semi-finalists for the 2023 Honoring Nations All-Stars award. Out of these nine programs, three finalists will be selected to receive the award from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Honoring Nations Board of Governors this summer.
This is a great honor for the program. Cultural Education Director Joshua Sutterfield has stated that this year's application focused on how the program responded to greater challenges and contributed to the reclamation of Myaamia culture, leading to greater self-identification and self-governance.
For additional details, please take a look at the full press release below.
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki Program selected as one of nine semi-finalists for the 2023 Honoring Nations All-Stars award
Three finalist programs will be selected to receive the award from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Honoring Nations Board of Governors this summer.
Miami, Oklahoma – May 4, 2023
The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Honoring Nations Board of Governors confirmed that the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki program has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2023 Honoring Nations All-Stars award. This award is granted to select finalists to highlight the success of outstanding self-governance programs within American Indian nations.
The Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki Program operates out of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s government seat in Miami, Oklahoma. The cultural education program is designed to deliver free educational projects, publications, and events to restore the Myaamia language and culture to the community of tribal members in diaspora, including those in the traditional homelands of Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The program applied to the 2018 Honoring Nations, was selected as an awardee, and was invited to apply for the 2023 All Stars award this year.
Cultural Education Director Joshua Sutterfield states, “The focus of this year’s application includes our responses to the challenges, including those specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve faced since 2018 that directly contribute to the reclamation of Myaamia culture leading to our ability to self-identify and self-govern.”
Selected as an All-Stars semi-finalist, the Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki Program will be considered for selection as one of three finalists. Awardees will receive site visits this summer, world-class exhibits at the Smithsonian, and specially crafted Google digital platforms. The awardees will be announced by the end of April.
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe with a seat of government and headquarters facility located in Miami, Oklahoma, within the Miami-Peoria Reservation. The Tribe’s active Cultural Resources Office oversees the revitalization efforts of the tribe through programs like Myaamiaki Eemamwiciki.
Established in 1998, Honoring Nations’ experiences are the foundation for the teaching, advising, and policy analysis from the partnership between the Harvard Project and the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.