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Tribal College Journal announces student writing competition winners

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The Tribal College Journal announced the winners of the 2009 Tribal College Journal Student Writing Competition, an annual event that celebrates the creativity and writing ability of students enrolled in the nation’s 37 tribal colleges and universities, TCUs.

The competition was open to all students enrolled in a TCU. A total of 96 entries were received from 60 students representing 16 different institutions. The students submitted works in three contest categories: short story, poetry and personal narrative/memoir.

By publishing the top winning entries in the annual TCJ Student Edition, the writers are provided with incentives, exposure and material for resumes. Student support services administrators use the TCJ Student Edition for recruitment and for encouraging students. Students who read it can see that other tribal college students have shared some of their experiences. All 30 winning entries will also be published online in August.

Cash prizes, subscriptions to Tribal College Journal, and an opportunity for their work to be published were awarded to first, second and third place winners in each of the categories, and a certificate of participation was given to each student. An additional seven honorable mention entries per contest category were also.

2009 Tribal College and University Student Writing Competition Winners:

Short Story

1. “Bad Medicine Whistle,” Larry D. Madden Jr., Osage, Haskell Indian Nations University

2. “The Savage Heart,” Patrick Austin Freeland, Mvskoke, Haskell Indian Nations University

3. “The Fishing Trip,” Stephanie A. Fisher, Blackfeet, Blackfeet Community College

Honorable Mention

• “These are Fancy Times,” Clifford Stone Jr., Kiowa, White Earth Tribal Community College

• “Coffee Break,” Sydney Ice, Potawatomi, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “On a Winter’s Day,” Larry D. Madden Jr., Osage, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “St. Norbert Swam in the Mill Pond,” Justin Gauthier, College of Menominee Nation

• “Bro, Where’s My Wallet?” Ross D. Luther, Laguna, Chippewa, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Julia,” Michael Grant Allen, Prairie Band of Potawatomi, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Keep it Simple Stupid,” Damien Moore, Navajo, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Memoir/Personal Narrative

1. “Loss of a Language,” Georgenia Earring-Chosa, Cheyenne River Sioux, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

2. “A Whole Person,” Larry D. Madden Jr., Osage, Haskell Indian Nations University

3. “The Flaming Chicken,” Winston Cambridge, Navajo, Navajo Technical College

Honorable Mention

• “Kaekoh W?skiwat,” Guy Reiter, Menominee, College of Menominee Nation

• “Transformations,” Merissa Storey, Bay Mills Indian Community, Bay Mills Community College

• “My Battle Wound,” Desirae Grignon, Menominee, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Healing Dance,” Guy Reiter, Menominee, College of Menominee Nation

• “Hesitation,” Ruth Laws McLain, Cherokee, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “A Silent Journey,” Kathryn A. Aspaas, Navajo, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Dream Quest,” Alrick Wadena, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Chippewa, White Earth Tribal Community College

Poetry

1. “Lonesome Jissom Testament,” Richard John Thompson, Yakama, Haskell Indian Nations University

2. “Leaves in October,” Gerri L. Williams, Muckleshoot, Yakama, Umatilla and Puyallup, Institute of American Indian Arts

3. “Wakarusa,” Ruth Laws McLain, Cherokee, Haskell Indian Nations University

Honorable Mention

• “Maang,” Melanie Howick Erickson, Leech Lake Tribal College

• “Ode to the Rocket,” Winston Cambridge, Navajo, Navajo Technical College

• “Beloved Stomp Dance,” Tricia Fields, Yuchi, Creek, Pawnee, Chickasaw and Choctaw, College of Muscogee Nation

• “Grandma,” Laura Loyd, Cherokee, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Novelty,” Amanda Irvine Louie, Bitterroot Salish, Salish Kootenai College

• “Equator,” Ross D. Luther, Laguna, Chippewa, Haskell Indian Nations University

• “Addiction,” Melanie Howick Erickson, Leech Lake Tribal College