2016 Honoring Celebration, October 29th
This Event Honors
The Eva Butler Scholar Award will be given to Robert Geake for his commitment to telling a full history by speaking to tribal community members to enhance his historical research from primary source documents and recognizing that the People are a primary source. In his latest book he has partnered with Tomaquag Museum and the Native community to tell a full story of those that served during the Revolutionary War.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Jim Frasier who is being honored for his lifetime of work advocating for resources for Tribal Communities across many federal programs including the US Department of Labor and the Federal Regional Task Force for Indian Affairs. Jim was a lead activist in establishing the National Day of Mourning.
The Eleanor Dove Entrepreneur Award will be given to Sherry Pocknett for her entrepreneurial spirit and sharing Indigenous food-ways through her catering across the east coast at food festivals, cultural bazaars, and powwows. Her culinary expertise is highlighted at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun and the Tony Bennett Studios of New York.
United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:
The Ellison “Tarzan” Brown Champion Award will be given to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who is being honored for championing Tomaquag Museum over the last ten years since he became a United States Senator. The highlight of his advocacy being his nomination of Tomaquag Museum for the Institute of Museum and Library Service National Medal.
The Princess Redwing Arts & Culture Award will be given to Annawon Weeden for being a culture bearer by sharing his traditional skills across North America through acting, art, music, dance, and education. Particularly through his engagement with the Smithsonian Institute, Harvard University, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, PBS, and the History and Discovery Channels.
Our event includes a dinner, cultural performances, our honoring ceremony, and a auction with beautiful hand made art, books, and other wonderful items.