He was recently named Oklahoma's poet laureate and gave a reading of his Centennial poem at a gala celebration in his honor. The Kiowa Nation, his tribe, also recently named him poet laureate of the Kiowa tribe. He is also a member of the prestigious Kiowa Gourd Clan, a select society that perpetuates the traditions, ceremonial dances and history of the Kiowas. He is preparing a book on this special aspect of the Kiowa gourd dance.
"And I've had two special N. Scott Momaday Days, named by two Oklahoma governors. I'm very proud of that. Being honored on my own turf is very satisfying,” he said. At the 2003 inauguration of Gov. Brad Henry, he was invited to read one of his poems about Oklahoma.
Momaday doesn't keep track of all the accolades and honors he has received, but he does cite 15 honorary degrees from major universities around the country, including one from the University of Oklahoma in spring 2004. OU President David Boren helped place the medallion on Momaday.
In May 2004, he received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Artist for Peace Award in ceremonies in Paris.