5) Entries Invited for Young Native Writers Essay Contest

Deadline: April 15, 2008

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for
Native American high school students and is designed to inspire
honest portrayals of the richness of Native American life and
history. The contest is a program of the Holland & Knight
Charitable Foundation ( http://foundation.hklaw.com ).

Students responding to this year's writing contest should present
in an essay of no more than 1,200 words, a) specific or general
struggles and/or triumphs of Native Americans in history or in
today's world, based on the students experiences and scholarly
research; and b) how the writer will use his or talents to
enhance the future of his or her own Native American community.

Subject suggestions include, but are not limited to, Native
American involvement in treaties, governments (Federal and
Tribal), languages, education, folklore, religion, entertainment,
health, nutrition, media, sports, and current events.

The following prizes will be awarded to winning essayists: five
first-place winners will each receive an all-expense-paid trip
to Washington, D.C., (tentatively scheduled for June 22-27,
2008) to visit the National Museum of the American Indian, and
other prominent sites. The winners will be accompanied by the
teachers who inspired their entries into the contest. First-
place winners will receive a special award for display at home
or school. In addition, each first-place winner will receive a
scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each to be paid direct-
ly to the college or university of their choice.

The contest is open to all Native American Indian and Alaska
Native high school students who are enrolled members of a state-
or federally-recognized tribe. Also included are high school
students enrolled in alternative schools, as well as those who
are home schooled.

For further information, see the program's Web site.

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