This morning, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust announced that Native author N Scott Momaday is the chosen recipient for the 2013 Stewart Udall Environmental Award. The Conservation Trust is a local nonprofit that works to protect local open spaces and wildlife in perpetuity.

The award, which was created in 2002, "is given to honor those values, that work, or that person or persons who inspire us to love the land, care for it, preserve its sweep and heal its wounds."

A writer, artist and teacher, Momaday, born in 1934, is a member of both the Kiowa and Cherokee tribes, and is the founder of the nonprofit Rainy Mountain Foundation and Buffalo Trust, which works to preserve Native cultures. Momaday wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn, among several other novels and books of poetry, and is known for paving the way for modern Native American literature.

            The award will be presented at the annual Stewart Udall Legacy Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 15. Dale and Sylvia Ball, Janie Bingham, William deBuys, Nancy Wirth, Stewart Udall, among others, have been honored at the dinner in the past.

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