OKLAHOMA CITY — N. Scott Momaday, Lawton native and Kiowa author, will be honored during a legacy reception at 5:30 p.m. today at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
Momaday is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, artist, teacher and storyteller whose works celebrate and preserve American Indian heritage. His novel “House Made of Dawn” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969, making him the first Indigenous writer to win this award. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2007. A longtime professor of English and American literature, Momaday earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and retired as a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. He lives in New Mexico.
The ceremony will include the Black Leggings Color Guard and a welcome speech by Kiowa Tribal Chairman Lawrence SpottedBird. Kiowa Tribal Vice Chairman Jacob Tsotigh will serve as master of ceremonies. Momaday’s family also will be in attendance.
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