Professor Cornel Pewewardy to receive national education award
Author: Chelsea Bailey
Posted: August 28, 2015

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche-Kiowa), professor and director of the Indigenous Nations Studies program at PSU, is the recipient of the Potlatch Fund’s 2015 Leadership Honoring Award for Education. 

“I am very honored to have been both nominated by colleagues for this national award and thrilled to be selected. I am proud to contribute to Indigenous teaching and learning and reveal experiences and worldviews that are often excluded from mainstream educational institutions,” said Dr. Pewewardy. 

Dr. Pewewardy’s research explores Native American mascots in schools and addressing access and retention of American Indian students in higher education. The Potlatch Fund recogonizes Dr. Pewewardy for having a profound belief in the power of Indigenous education and in the power of higher education and for dedicating his professional life to bringing those two forces together in order to improve both. He has been described by a colleague as an educator to the depths of his soul – every situation providing a learning opportunity.

The Potlatch Fund was formed in 2002 to inspire the Native tradition of giving by expanding philanthropy within Tribal Nations and communities in the Northwest. The Emerging Leadership Awards recognize five outstanding leaders for their achievements in the areas of economic development, civic participation, natural resource protection, education, and cultural preservation.

Dr. Pewewardy will receive his award at the Potlatch Fund's Annual Fundraising Gala on November 7, 2015.