2019 Honorees

Please join us in congratulating our 2019 Honorees! 

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Bishop Wallace F. Hazard

Ellison"Tarzan"Brown Champion Award

Bishop Wallace F. Hazard of Wakefield, RI was called to the ministry in 1963 under the leadership of Dr. James Cray from Far Rockaway, Long Island, NY. Bishop Hazard began his ministry in the streets of NY getting to know the community and the needs of the people.

In 1967, under the leadership of the late Bishop Kenneth T. Mars, Sr., he served for ten years as Assistant Pastor of the First Church of God in Peace Dale, RI. From 1977-78 Bishop Hazard was Pastor of the Narragansett Indian Church. The next six years Bishop Hazard became a traveling minister preaching around the country for anniversaries, celebrations and camp meetings.

In 1984 he was called to Sr. Pastor the First Church of God in New Haven, CT until 1994. Bishop Hazard became Sr. Pastor of First Church of God in Peace Dale from 1994 until his retirement in 2004. In 2009 the Lord told him it was not time to retire as Pastor and called him to start a new Church called the Community Church of God in Wakefield, RI.

God has truly blessed Bishop Hazard with spiritually instrumental mentors: Dr. Cray, the late Bishop Mars and Dr. James E. Massey. His dearest and greatest supporter was his beloved wife, Diana, who by love and faith stood by his side throughout his ministry. The Lord has given him the opportunity to serve as Chairman of Northeast Area, Board of Directors of the Northeast Area, and Program Committee for National Association of the Church of God, West Middlesex, PA. Bishop Hazard acknowledges and praises Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior for the privilege of being one of his under shepherds.


Lisa Brooks, Ph.D.

Princess Red Wing Arts & Culture Award

Lisa Brooks is an Abenaki writer and scholar who lives and works in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley. She is Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College and is active in the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, which she chaired from 2013-2017. While an undergraduate at Goddard College, Brooks worked in the tribal office of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, on aboriginal rights and land preservation cases; this was the place she received her most important education—on the land and at kitchen tables, with other Abenaki community members. Her first book, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press 2008), focused on the recovery of Native writing and spaces and received the Media Ecology Association's Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture in 2011. Her second book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War received a Bancroft Award for History and Diplomacy in 2019.

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David S. Robinson, M.A., R.P.A., Marine Archaelogist

Life Time Achievement Award

David is a marine archaeologist at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography and president of David S. Robinson & Associates, Inc., a Rhode Island-based submerged cultural resources management consulting firm. David is currently serving a four-year term as the Cultural Resources representative on the U.S. National Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee and served two consecutive terms as the Maritime Heritage representative on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. Since 2001, David has worked closely with the Indigenous community in Rhode Island and throughout southern New England providing them with marine archaeological technical advice and assistance with field investigations on Native-led and collaborative projects. In his professional and committee work, he has been a vocal proponent for and advocate of greater Native involvement and capacity-building associated with ocean science and education, particularly as it pertains to identifying and protecting submerged ancient Native cultural sites at risk of being impacted by offshore energy development.