2014 American Graphic Design Awards

South Dakota Native Nonprofits Receive National Recognition for Design Excellence.

Two Native American nonprofit organizations based in South Dakota, the Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition and Hunkpati Investments, were recognized in the 2014 American Graphic Design Awards, a national annual competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA. This year over 8,000 entries were submitted by design firms, ad agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and insitutions; and a very highly selective 15 percent were recognized.

The entries for the Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition and Hunkpati Investments were submitted by Cuny Communications, the design firm that created the winning entries. “We are honored to work with innovators in the Native community development field. These two organizations do amazing work to help improve the communities they serve, and I love to see them getting recognized at this level,” says Heidi Cuny, Principal of Cuny Communications.

The Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition, a group of community partners that leverage their collective experience and resources to positively affect economic development and asset building in the Native communities of the Great Plains region, was honored for excellent design of its website and Native American asset building kit.

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Hunkpati Investments, a community loan fund that also provides training to aspiring Native entrepreneurs and youth on the Crow Creek Reservation, was honored for excellent design of its program brochures.

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“All too often, its the sad stories in reservation communities that make headlines. The good work of many organizations like the Great Plains Native Asset Building Coalition and Hunkpati Investments often goes unrecognized. We will continue to do our part in lifting up the positive,” says Cuny. Cuny Communications has been the recipient of six other American Graphic Design Awards, mostly for projects for Native American nonprofit organizations.