SuAnne Big Crow (1974–1992) was an American Indian student from Pine Ridge, S.D. 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.

NEA presents the SuAnne Big Crow Memorial Award to a K–12 student(s) under the age of 20 whose achievements in schools have helped enhance students’ sense of worth and dignity. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:

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

Awarded in even-numbered years.

2020 HCR Awards Honorees