N. Scott Momaday to be Honored as 2013 Recipient of the Stewart Udall Environmental Award

"The award is given to honor those values that work, or that person of persons who inspire us to love the land, care for it, preserve its sweep and heal its wounds"

Date June 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

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Publication SantaFe.com


The Santa Fe Conservation Trust ("SFCT") announced today that N. Scott Momaday has been chosen as the 2013 recipiect of the Stewart Udall Environmental Award. The award is given to honor those values that work, or that person of persons who inspire us to love the land, care for it, preserve its sweep and heal its wounds. In initiating the award in 2002, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust sought to commemorate and make permanent the principle that land holds the story, the sense of place and ultimately the sense of value, what is mundane, the past and the future.

A native of Oklahoma and a member of both the Kiowa and Cherokee tribes, Momaday is a writer, teacher, lecturer and artist. His first novel "House Made of Dawn" led to the breakthrough of Native American literature into the American mainstream after the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. Momaday is considered the founding author in what has been coined the Native American Renaissance. He has been featured in numerois documentaries, including  "The West", for his masterful retelling of Kiowa history and legend.

Momaday is also the founder of the Rainy Mountain Foundation and Buffalo Trust, a non-profit organization working to preserve Native American cultures.

This year's award will be presented to Momaday at the 12th Annual Stewart Udall Legacy Dinner on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the National Parks Service Building. The dinner is named in honor and in memory of former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall—a founding member of the Trust and one of the nation's most prolific environmental champions.

In addition to Udall, past honorees recognized at the dinner for their contributions to conservation and environmental issues include Dale and Sylvia Ball, Janie Bingham, Bill Cowles, William deBuys, Jean Hocker, Jack Loeffler, Mark Michel, Rina Swentzell, Sallie Wagner and Nancy Wirth.

The Santa Fe Conservation Trust is the local land trust, dedicated to protecting open spaces and critical wildlife habitat in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and San Miguel Counties in perpetuity for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. Among the trust's accomplishments are creating and maintaining Santa Fe's Dale Ball and Rail Trail systems, protecting Atalaya and Sun mountains, and preserving more than 34,000 acres of land in perpetuity, ensuring that they will remain as they are today—with clean air and water, starry skies and heart-stopping views.

For dinner information or reservations call (505) 989-7019 or log onto the SFCT website at www.sfct.org.

From a Santa Fe Conservation Trust press release...