This year’s categories are as follows:
Recognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates strong involvement in the arts. Individuals nominated for this award may be involved in theater, music, dance, painting, sculpture, or storytelling. This award can also recognize an artist, an arts administrator, or a preserver of Native culture.
Recognizes an Alaska Native who has demonstrated strong commitment, competence and sensitivity as a tribal healer or health care provider whose accomplishments have most directly affected Native people in their home communities.
Elder of the Year
Recognizes an Alaska Native Elder who exemplifies the highest of values and qualities important to Native people. This individual is recognized as a leader, an educator and a preserver of the Native culture whose contributions have benefited Native peoples throughout his/her life.
Parent(s) of the Year
Recognizes Alaska Native parents who exhibit many of the qualities and values important to the continued physical, social and cultural survival of native people. These values may include sharing and teaching of Native Culture, love of children, respect for Elders, spirituality, cooperation, and responsibility and involvement in the community.
Recognizes an Alaska Native who has demonstrated dedication, competence and sensitivity in the area of public service. This award recognizes individuals who have promoted and assisted in the development of their community, or whose accomplishments and leadership qualities have most directly affected and benefited Native peoples.
Youth Leadership (Young Woman)
Recognizes a young Alaska Native woman of high school age or a college student who demonstrates leadership qualities.