Awards

ASAIL and NALS Awards

All awards are voted on by a committee made up of members of ASAIL and frequent attendees of NALS. Each committee includes at least one ASAIL Board Member.

Nominations for the 2022 Beatrice Medicine and Electa Quinney Awards are now open! Please use the form below to submit your nominee. The deadline for nominations is March 11, 2022. We hope to announce winners at the ASAIL Virtual Conference in April!

Previous Award Winners

The Beatrice Medicine Awards

2021

Justin Gage, We Do Not Want the Gates Closed Between Us: Native Networks and the Spread of the Ghost Dance (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Laura M. De Vos, “Spiralic Time and Cultural Continuity for Indigenous Sovereignty: Idle No More and The Marrow Thieves.” (Transomotion 6.2, 2020).

2020
Laura Harjo for her book Spiral to the Stars: Mvskoke Tools of Futurity (University of Arizona Press, 2019).

Jeremiah Garsha for his essay “Red Paint: Transnational Movements of Deconstructing, Decolonizing, and Defacing Colonial Structures.” (Transmotion 5.1, 2019).

2019
Jenny Davis for her book Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

Shaawano Chad Uran for his essay “Policing Resource Extraction and Human Rights in The Land of the Dead.” (Transmotion 4.1, 2018).

2018
Elizabeth Hoover for her book The River Is In Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Marcia G. Anderson for her essay “A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag” in the art book of the same name (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017).

2017 
Brandi Nalani McDougall for her book Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature (University of Arizona Press, 2016).

Jan Johnston for her essay” “‘We Were All at Wounded Knee’: The Engaged Resistance of Folk and Rock in the Red Power Era” from the collection Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop edited by Jeff Bergland, Jan Johnson, and Kimberli Lee (University of Arizona Press, 2016).

2016
Stephanie Fitzgerald for her book Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015).

Susan Bernardin for her essay “Acorn Soup Is Good Food: L. Frank, News from Native California, and the Intersections of Literary and Visual Arts” (Studies in American Indian Literatures 27.3, 2015).

2015
Molly McGlennen for her book Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)

2013
Phillip Carroll Morgan for “The Maze of Colonialism: The Byrds of Virginia and Indian Territory,” Journal of Chikasaw History and Culture, Vol. XIII, Number One (Spring 2012)

2012
Dean Rader for Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

2011
Scott Richard Lyons for X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent

2010
Jill Doerfler for “An Anishinaabe Tribalography: Investigating and Interweaving Conceptions of Identity during the 1910s on the White Earth Reservation”

2009
Susan A. Miller for “Native America Writes Back: The Origin of the Indigenous Paradigm in Historiography.”

2008
Jodi Byrd for “Living My Native Life Deadly”: Red Lake, Ward Churchill, and the Discourses of Competing Genocides.”

 

 

The Electa Quinney Award:

2021

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020).

2020
Beth Piatote for her book The Beadworkers (Counterpoint Press, 2019).

2019
Terese Marie Mailhot for her book Heart Berries (Counterpoint Press, 2018).

2018
Linda LeGarde Grover for her essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).

2017
Delphine Red Shirt for her book George Sword’s Warrior Narratives: Compositional Processes in Lakota Oral Tradition (University of Nebraska Press, 2017)

2016
Mini Aodla Freeman for the edited collection of stories Life Among the Qallunaat, edited by Keavy Martin, Julie Rak, and Norma Dunning.