Nominations sought for Justin Boyd Willie Agricultural Humanitarian of the Year Award

CAMERON, Ariz. - Justin Boyd Willie was a remarkable Navajo man, who walked, drove and traveled the Navajo Country, helping his people start gardens, small farms and teaching about agriculture. With only his little worn backpack and a water jug, he accepted people's hospitality as his pay. He took his Navajo teachings and ancient agricultural philosophy (seven principles and ethics) to community gatherings, schools and even universities, as a guest lecturer and environmental advocate.

Justin knew his people's needs and he dreamed his work would continue to expand and grow, by incorporating the youth into the struggle. He travelled to Europe, Central and South America to learn and engage with like-minded others in indigenous agriculture.

The Peshlakai Cultural Foundation (PCF), DINE, Inc.'s Navajo Nation Traditional Agricultural Outreach, the Willie Family and the Redhouse Clan of the Navajo are accepting nominations of outstanding indigenous agricultural humanitarians.

The Second Annual Justin Boyd Willie Agricultural Humanitarian of the Year Award (JBWHYA) will be awarded on May 5 at the Mother Earth Gathering in Cameron, Ariz. The awardee will receive a specially designed "JBWHYA of the Year" plaque; and honorable gifts from the PCF, DINE, Inc, the Willie family the Navajo people of the Redhouse Clan.

Submission of candidates will accepted until 5 p.m. April 18 and selection of the recipient will be on April 22.

The deserving recipient shall be an Indigenous person that has contributed selflessly through community service in northern Arizona and beyond amongst Native American communities and lands. The nominee ought to have contributed to the teaching of cultural preservation and traditions through Indigenous agriculture volunteer activities with youth, elders, and communities in Indian country.

Initiate contact for nomination form or simply provide a letter with contact information of nominee, nominator and why we should consider your nominee. Explain and describe in detail the outstanding work and dedication of nominee. All serious nominations will be accepted in all forms submitted. Submit nominations to Jamescita Peshlakai at jpeshlakai@dineinc.org or fax 1-866-699-9142.

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