The Dorothy and Eugene T. Butler Human Rights Award is named after the Butlers, in recognition of their lifelong advocacy in human rights issues on the local, regional, and national levels. The annual award recognizes significant volunteer efforts on behalf of human rights. Previous honorees, in addition to Dorothy and Eugene T. Butler, Jr., are Phil and Winnie Baker, First United Methodist Church, Rev. Carl Kline, Rev. Scott Miller and Lisa Wolff, Margaret Denton, Dr. Steve Marquardt, Lawrence Novotny, Dr. Charles Woodard, Dr. Geoffrey W. Grant, Dr. Timothy Nichols, Scott Nagy, Dr. Ann Marie Bahr, Phyllis Cole-Dai, Harriet Swedlund, MaryJo & Richard Lee, Ruth Harper, Doris Giago, and Allen Branum.
- 2019 Butler Award Winners - Akimoto and Tomoko Ichinomiya (PDF)
- 2018 Butler Award Winner - Allen Branum (PDF)
- 2017 Butler Award Winner - Doris Giago (PDF)
- 2016 Butler Award Winner - Ruth Harper (PDF)
- 2015 Butler Award Winner - MaryJo & Richard Lee (PDF)
- 2014 Butler Award Winner - Harriet Swedlund
- Butler Award Nomination Form (PDF)
The Youth Award is presented to the individual or group of local youth who promote and/or contribute to human rights in the Brookings area and abroad. Activities the Commission is aware of that would be worthy of a Youth Award include, but are not limited to:
- Collecting money for a human rights related organization/cause
- Organizing a human rights related activity
- Collecting food/clothing/personal hygiene items for local or national organizations
Since the Human Rights Commission hopes to recognize the creativity and uniqueness of our youth, we ask students not be nominated for participation in class activities or pre-organized events. However, any additional activity that comes as a result of a class activity or pre-organized event would be a welcome nomination. To keep our awards timely, we also ask nominations be limited to events that have occurred since June 2019. If you are nominating youth for participation in connection with a service agency, a letter on agency letterhead, dated and signed by the director, must accompany the nomination form.
Since the Human Rights Commission hopes to recognize the creativity and uniqueness of our youth, we ask students not be nominated for participation in class activities or pre-organized events. However, any additional activity that comes as a result of a class activity or pre-organized event would be a welcome nomination.
Youth Ally Awards
The Brookings Human Rights Commission Youth Ally Award recognizes an adult who has inspired local youth to become involved in human rights activities and initiatives, either locally or abroad. Some examples would be serving as a mentor or providing financial support to a youth human rights project. The Youth Ally Award is an award where someone in the community nominates an adult for special recognition.