2020 Harvard Honoring Nations Semifinalists – Including Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Family Safety Program


CAMBRIDGE, MASS – The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations program is pleased to announce the selection of 18 semifinalists for the 2020 cycle of the prestigious Honoring Nations awards. Honoring Nations identifies, celebrates and shares excellence in American Indian tribal governance. At the heart of Honoring Nations is the principle that tribes themselves hold the key to generating social, political, and economic prosperity and that self-governance plays a crucial role in building and sustaining strong, healthy Indian Nations. 

This year’s applicants included 65 outstanding tribal programs representing 45 tribes and 5 tribal consortia. Out of this pool of diverse, remarkable, and powerful programs, 18 programs were selected as semifinalists (see below). These programs demonstrate tremendous impact in their communities through their effectiveness, significance to sovereignty, cultural relevance, transferability, and sustainability – the criteria by which Honoring Nations assesses applicant programs. From these 18, the Honoring Nations’ Board of Governors will select six applicant programs to receive site visits over the summer. In November, the Honoring Nations Board will announce the awardees at the National Congress of American Indians annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Awarded programs provide models of success. By sharing their best practices, all governments – tribal and non-tribal alike – can benefit. 
The Honoring Nations is committed to elevating what’s working in Indian Country and providing a stage for these stories to be heard. As the Chairman emeritus to the Honoring Nations Board of Governors, Chief Oren Lyons, states, “Our destiny in is our hands. Being capable of directing our own future and defending the futures of our children and the futures of our nations is profoundly important. Honoring Nations understands this – and is a very, very positive program in Indian Country.” 
Semifinalist Programs: