Youth Recognition Award

2016 Youth Recognition Award recipient Parker Pickett

CIRI Seeks Nominations


CIRI accepts nominations for its Youth Recognition Award year-round. The award will be presented at the CIRI and The CIRI Foundation Friendship Potlatches in the fall.

Developed to single out CIRI youth who demonstrate dedication to Alaska Native culture and heritage, the Youth Recognition Award is given each year to a young person in acknowledgment of superior academic achievements, leadership qualities, and outstanding contributions to community and family, and exceptional determination and stamina in overcoming significant life challenges.

The following were previously recognized as Youth Recognition Award recipients:

  • Aleshanee Nikita, 2020
  • Kiona Kuhn, 2019
  • Samuel Schimmel, 2018
  • Julianne Wilson, 2017
  • Parker Pickett, 2016
  • Ryan Gump, 2015
  • Trinity Standifer, 2014
  • Amiel Crandall and Autumn Ridley, 2013

CIRI shareholders and descendants ages 12 to 17 may be nominated for this award. Please consider nominating a CIRI shareholder or descendant who you feel deserves recognition. To complete the online nomination form, click here. For the current year’s award, completed nomination forms and supporting documents must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Friday, July 9, 2021. For further information, please contact CIRI at (907) 274-8638, (800) 764-2474 or [email protected].

*Changed from original deadline of June 7, 2021

Nominate Candidate


  1. Fill out the nomination form completely. Please be detailed, specific and cite examples of the nominee’s efforts that support the respective award category that he or she is being nominated for. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
  2. If possible, attach documents further illustrating the nominee’s efforts, such as news articles, copies of commendations and/or letters of support from persons who have worked with the nominee and/or benefited from his or her work.
  3. Submit the nomination form online. Click here to print a PDF version of the nomination form. The completed form and supporting documents must be received by CIRI by 5 p.m. AKDT on Friday, July 9, 2021.

CIRI Corporate Communications
P.O. Box 93330
Anchorage, AK 99509-3330
Tel: (907) 274-8638; (800) 764-2474
Fax: (907) 274-8836
E-mail: [email protected]