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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Awards $200,000 to 12 Indigenous Artists

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The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has released details on its 2013 grant recipients, and the numbers alone are impressive:

Twelve Native artists, $200,000.

Grantees were selected in the categories of traditional arts, visual arts, literature, music, dance, and film. Each of the eight winners and co-winners will receive $20,000, and four runners-up will receive $10,000 apiece.

"It is NACF's mission to provide support and to nurture the creativity of this country's Native artists through our fellowship and other grantmaking programs," NACF President and CEO T. Lulani Arquette, Native Hawaiian, said in a release. "We congratulate the 2013 fellows for inspiring the nation, for their vision, their innovation, and for bringing the creative spirit of Native peoples to the world."

The following is a list of the winners; in the coming weeks we will be profiling them and spotlighting their work:


Bobby Bullet, Chippewa

Brent Michael Davids, Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation

Cyril Pahinui, Native Hawaiian


Natalie Diaz, Mojave

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Joan Kane, Iñupiat

Visual Arts

Kapulani Landgraf, Native Hawaiian

Rose Simpson, Santa Clara Pueblo


Andrew Okpeaha Maclean, Iñupiat


Christopher Kaui Morgan, Native Hawaiian

Rosy Simas, Seneca

Traditional Arts

Ronald Paquin, Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians

Teri Rofkar, Tlingit