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**DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 5, 2018**
Respecting water is an important part of Lakota culture. In South Dakota and North Dakota, we face threats of water contamination from uranium mining, pipeline construction, and fracking. Over the course of the past year, Mní Wičhóni (Water is Life) has become the slogan for the movement against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline led by the Očhéthi šakówiŋ (the Great N/D/Lakota Nation). Water is essential to our health and wellness and to the health and wellness of our Grandmother Earth. This year, we invite youth from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to write and create art in response to “Mní Wičhóni,” water protection, and the movement for clean water for the Lakota Nation and the world.
In your submission, consider the following questions:
Make sure the entry conveys why you think it is important to protect water and the earth. Share your story!
Format: Write a poem or a spoken-word (new rule for this year-must be poetry/spoken-word!) in response to this year’s theme. Spoken word submissions are all acceptable and can be written in anyone’s voice– get creative — video submissions are permitted but not required.
The following three age categories will be judged separately and anonymously:
Format: Create an original drawing, painting or multimedia piece of art in response to this year’s theme— which conveys a message either through symbolism or words.
The following two age categories will be judged separately and anonymously:
Entrants must be residents of Pine Ridge Reservation, and able to prove their residency to the satisfaction of the judges. Young Adults and Experienced Artists who reside on Pine Ridge Reservation and attend school full-time at schools off the reservation are eligible to enter. Young Adults and Experienced Artists who reside on Pine Ridge Reservation but are not enrolled in school are eligible and encouraged to apply!
All entries must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on March 5, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the ONLINE ENTRY FORM on our website. If entry is a video, then provide a link to your video, along will all other required information.
Runners Up may be awarded in any categories, at the judges’ discretion, and will be awarded $100 prizes.
All entries must be accompanied by multiple methods for contacting winners: email address of self, parents, teachers, phone numbers, etc. If do not hear back from you, then your prize will be given to someone else. Please see our ONLINE ENTRY FORM for all information which must be submitted with your entry.
By entering this Challenge, you represent that your entry is 100% your own original work and that you own all rights to the submitted materials. Once submitted, the poem, art work, audio and/or video will become the exclusive property of LCE. By entering, you grant LCE and anyone it may authorize permission to display your entry and biographical information. As a condition of entry, you irrevocably grant to LCE and their affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the entry in any manner, and entrants forfeit rights of privacy, intellectual property rights or other legal or moral rights that would preclude LCE from using the Contest Entry Material for promotional purposes and agree to never sue or assert any claim against the LCE’s use or distribution of those Materials. Any personal information supplied by entrant to YouTube or Vimeo will be subject to YouTube or Vimeo’s privacy policies.
If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian who has consented to the terms of this challenge must be identified in the entry, along with valid contact information for the consenting parent or guardian.
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