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Momaday receives national award

Literary icon N. Scott Momaday has been awarded the Ken Burns American heritage Prize. The poet and novelist lives in Santa Fe. (Courtesy Photo)

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SANTA FE – N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Santa Fe resident, received the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize earlier this month.

The Kiowa, Oklahoma-born poet and novelist received the award at an event May 1 in New York, according to a Friday news release. The national prize, named after the acclaimed filmmaker and presented by the American Prairie Reserve, is given annually to someone whose work “has advanced our collective understanding of the indomitable American spirit.”

Momaday, 85, received the Pulitzer for his 1969 book “House Made of Dawn.” Momaday earned an English degree from University of New Mexico in 1958. He also received the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

At the event, according to the release, actress Meryl Streep and Burns gave introductions. Burns said Momaday’s achievements “command our attention and warrant our admiration.”

“He is especially qualified to receive this national tribute,” Burns said. “It is, in part, a recognition of the courage and character of America’s Native Peoples who first knew this ‘remembered land,’ who loved it, cared for it, and lost it.”

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