Summit Award Recipients

The essence of Native cultures is manifested through acts of giving. As an expression of their cultures and in honoring the principle of generosity, Native peoples give to honor, celebrate, and show their responsibility towards family members, friends and community. This year, Native Americans in Philanthropy honored several individuals who have embodied this principle in different ways through their leadership, commitment, and hard work as advocates for Native peoples.

Flying Eagle Woman Award – Winona LaDuke (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), Honor The Earth

The Flying Eagle Woman Award was initiated in response to the loss of (O’Peqyaw-Metamoh) Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa. O’Peqyaw-Metamoh was an internationally known humanitarian who worked to further Native peoples’ rights, Native women’s issues, sovereignty, and human rights throughout the world. She also served as Board Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy.

Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award – Tia Oros Peters (Zuni), Seventh Generation Fund

The Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award was established in honor of Board Member emeritus Louis T. Delgado. The Award was established in recognition of the tenacity and power that Mr. Delgado brought to the field of philanthropy and his commitment to bridging knowledge between philanthropy and Native communities. The nominee for the Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award must fulfill the criteria of understanding and advancing the role of philanthropy between Native communities and mainstream philanthropy.

Woman Warrior Award – Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), U.S. Representative from New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District

Native Americans in Philanthropy recognizes an individual woman who has shown exceptional leadership and commitment to uplifting the voices of Native Americans through their leadership. This year we honored Deb Haaland with the Woman Warrior Award for her fierce leadership and allyship in uplifting the voices of Native Americans. Congresswoman Haaland has been a warrior for Native people in Congress and beyond. 

#GenerationIndigenous Award – Erik Stegman (Carry the Kettle Nation), Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth

Native Americans in Philanthropy acknowledges the amazing, unrelenting work to support and uplift Native American youth through the #Generation Indigenous Award. Individuals with a vision and heart for making an impact in the lives of Native young people are recognized.