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SuAnne Big Crow Award


SDEA SuAnne Big Crow Award

The South Dakota Education Association/NEA is seeking nominations for the Human and Civil Rights Award to honor an individual, student group, or organization for their work in promoting human and civil rights. SuAnne Big Crow (1974-1992) was an American Indian student from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. An outstanding athlete, student leader, and role model, she spent her school years working to give her peers on the reservation a greater sense of self-worth and dignity. Big Crow died in an automobile accident at the age of 17.

SDEA/NEA presents the SuAnne Big Crow Memorial Award to a K-12 student(s), under the age of 20, whose achievements in school have helped enhance students’ sense of worth and dignity.


How to Nominate an Individual from your Community


Qualifications (nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria):

  • Promote, through leadership in specific activities and actions, an appreciation of diversity and the elimination of bigotry and prejudice.
  • Demonstrate leadership in improving the conditions and self-esteem of minorities of the disadvantaged.
  • Secure community recognition for his or her contribution toward the elimination of social injustice.


Who Makes the Nominations: Any member or local of the South Dakota Education Association/NEA may make a nomination by completing the below downloadable form.

Deadline: Nominations must be sent to the President, South Dakota Education Association/NEA, 411 East Capitol, Pierre, South Dakota 57501 by November 1.

Download the SuAnne Big Crow Award Nomination Form Here


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