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North Dakota artist Bear receives $50,000 Bush award

Keith Bear, New Town, N.D., was one of 15 fellows chosen from a field of 414 applicants to receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support from the Bush Foundation.

Keith Bear, New Town, N.D., was one of 15 fellows chosen from a field of 414 applicants to receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support from the Bush Foundation.

Bear's career field is in traditional and ethnic performing arts and storytelling.

A world-renowned Mandan/Hidatsa storyteller and musician from the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota, Bear shares the history of his people through new and traditional Native American songs and stories.

He has been featured at events sponsored by the North Dakota Council for the Arts, Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, International Storytellers Festival in Wales and other cultural programs throughout Europe.

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