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(VANCOUVER, Wash.) – American The foundation will announce award Almost all homeowners and renters know the feeling of unease that
Indian, Alaska Native and Native recipients in August 2015. For questions accompanies finding mice or rodents in your home. Whether in the
Hawaiian artists nationwide have until and technical support, contact Program kitchen, attic, basement or dining room - a rodent sighting can incite
April 6 to apply for the 2015 Native Arts Officer Andre Bouchard at andre@ surprise and fear in even the most composed person. Unfortunately, these
and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist common pests are resourceful creatures that can enter a building or home
Fellowship. or 360-314-2421. through the smallest opening or crack, and require very little space to
    travel inside. Mice can easily fit through spaces as small as a nickel!
2015 NACF Artist Fellowships One of the only opportunities in the
The coveted national award includes U.S. of this magnitude dedicated to Rodents seek shelter indoors, especially during the cooler fall and
support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. supporting Indigenous artists and culture winter months, and once inside can cause more than just an unpleasant
Awards will be made in six artistic makers, the foundation’s national infestation. Rodents put homes at risk for electrical fires by gnawing
disciplines, including: performing arts, fellowship has been awarded to 41 through wires. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying
filmmaking, literature, music, traditional American Indian, Alaska Native and bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food
arts and visual arts. “To meet a Native Hawaiian artists so far. Artists sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment.
broadening need in the arts community, who have received the award in the
this year we invite applications in the past are ineligible to apply for the 2015 Fortunately, there are many ways homeowners and renters can proactively
discipline of performing arts,” said NACF Artist Fellowship. Past fellows prevent and get rid of rodent infestations in their homes. The biggest
NACF Program Officer Andre Bouchard include visual artist Nora Naranjo Morse reason mice enter the home is for food and shelter. Remove either of
(of Kootenai and Chippewa descent). (Tewa), recording artist Keola Beamer these, and mice won’t find it habitable:
“More Native artists than ever before (Native Hawaiian), choreographer Emily
are exploring performing arts through Johnson (Yup’ik), author David Treuer „„Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
multi-disciplinary approaches. We are (Ojibwe), multidisciplinary artist Shan Make sure there are no gaps along the bottom of your door that will
looking forward to seeing what Native Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee) allow mice to enter the home
performing artists have been up to and film director Andrew Okpeaha
around the country!” MacLean (Iñupiaq). „„Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
Since it began operating in 2009, the „„Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas
DEADLINE: Monday, April 6, nonprofit foundation has invested where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a
5:00 PM - P.S.T. $5,113,574 in programs to support combination of both.
Native arts and cultures across the
To apply, artists who are members of nation, including direct support for over „„Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage properly
federally and state-recognized U.S. 127 Native artists and organizations. regularly.
tribes, Alaska Native and Native To learn more about the foundation’s
Hawaiian communities can review mission and past fellows awarded, visit „„Make sure counters and floors are kept clean of any potential food
criteria and complete an application at sources such as dirty dishes, garbage, paper, tissue. before
„„Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
the April 6, 5:00 PM PST deadline.
„„Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement
To date, 41 American foundation and windows.
Indian, Alaska Native and
Native Hawaiian artists and „„Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought
culture makers have been into the home.
honored with a Native Arts
and Cultures Foundation „„Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
Artist Fellowship. NACF
Fellows clockwise from „„Keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
left, work by Nora Naranjo
Morse (Tewa), visual artist „„Keep your lawn mowed and grass trimmed along the house. Mice
Sonya Kelliher-Combs don’t like to cross areas where they are vulnerable to prey.
in studio, work by Alan „„If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest
Michelson (Mohawk), professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
performance by author
Sherwin Bitsui (Navajo), If you spot evidence of a rodent infestation, do not hesitate to act to
still from documentary handle the problem. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and a small
film by Christen Marquez problem can turn into a big issue overnight if left untreated.
(Native Hawaiian) and
weaver Jeremy Frey Rodent control and management are important for health and safety
(Passamaquoddy) in studio. reasons. If you suspect a rodent infestation, contact your local pest control
professional immediately.

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