The 2023 Forge Project Fellows are Margeaux Abeyta (Taos Pueblo and Diné), Brent Michael Davids (Mohican/Munsee-Lenape), Lucy Grignon (Stockbridge-Munsee/Menominee), Emily Johnson (Yup'ik), Dr. Suzanne Kite (known professionally as Kite) (Oglála Lakȟóta), and Rachel Martin (Tlingít).
Brent Michael Davids
The 2023 Forge Fellowship applications were reviewed by a jury of leading Native artists, scholars, educators, and former fellows, including culture bearer, artist, and 2022 Forge Fellow Ilegvak (Yup’ik); multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson (Choctaw/Cherokee); legal scholar and 2021 Forge Fellow Jasmine Neosh (Menominee); Brandi Norton (Inupiaq, Kotzebue Alaska), Curator for Public Programs at Bard College’s Center for Indigenous Studies; and Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk), political anthropologist and professor at Columbia University.
This year’s fellows from the Stockbridge-Munsee Community were selected in a parallel process by a separate panel, including journalist and author Suzette Brewer (Cherokee), Executive Director of Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW); Tatiana Lomahaftewa-Singer (Choctaw/Hopi), Curator of Collections at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA); and Indigenous health scholar and 2022 Forge Fellow Rainer Posselt (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians).
The 2022 Forge Project Fellows were Catherine Blackburn (Dene); Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache); Rainer Posselt (Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans); Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos of The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians); Tania Willard (Secwepemc Nation); and Ilegvak, Peter Williams (Yup'ik).
The Forge Project Fellowship 2022 applications were reviewed by a juried panel of six distinguished Native scholars, artists, writers, and former Fellows: Misty Cook, Sky Hopinka, Dr. Rose Miron, Dr. Jolene Rickard, Dr. Meranda Roberts, and Dr. Anton Treuer.
Forge Project's annual fellowship launched with a cohort of four individuals selected by inaugural Director of Education Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee). The 2021 Forge Project Fellows were Chris T Cornelius (Oneida), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Jasmine Neosh (Menominee), and Brock Schreiber (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans).