Award comes with $500,000 for Haakanson
By Mike Dunham
A press release from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Fellows Program called Haakanson "the driving force behind the revitalization of indigenous language, culture and customs in an isolated region of North America." It also mentioned his artistic accomplishments as a mask carver and photographer.
For a previous story about a MacArthur genius, see The Making of Wounded Knee.