On Sept. 10, 2010, the First Peoples Fund, a national organization dedicated to supporting Native American artists, will honor Community Spirit Award recipients with a ceremony and reception at SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each year First Peoples Fund recognizes outstanding artists for their unselfish work to bring spirit back to their communities through their artistic expression, commitment to sustaining cultural values and, ultimately, service to their people. Among the honorees, Wyandotte native Richard Smith will be honored for his storytelling and Wyandotte songs for children.

The 2010 ceremony, based on the theme of celebrating and honoring the Native people of Minnesota. It will feature local American Indian performers.

“We at First Peoples Fund are truly moved by these individuals whose spirit and love for life causes us to pause for a moment and simply reflect on the greater society, the beauty of the human spirit, and our own generosity towards others”. Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota), President of First Peoples Fund, states, “Our Community Spirit Award recipients represent the heart of our work here at First Peoples Fund.”

Award honors those tribal artists who are recognized as keepers of traditional wisdom and culture, who share their knowledge and artistic skills with others, and mentor those who are coming behind them.