The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine. In 2015, Donald Soctomah will be the recipient.
Mr. Soctomah serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township in Maine. In that and other roles, he has worked to steward and protect native culture and lands through resource management, policy-making, teaching, and the promotion and dissemination of history and language.
Thanks to Soctomah’s groundbreaking efforts during his eight years in the Maine State Legislature, Maine K-12 students learn about Maine Native American history in school, and Maine place names now show cultural awareness and sensitivity toward the state’s native populations.
The award luncheon will be held at the Richard E. Dyke Center at Husson University, Bangor.
Funded program of the Maine Humanities Council. The Maine Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.