- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Filmmaker Ken Burns is partnering with the backers of a sprawling Montana wildlife preserve to sponsor an annual prize for individuals they say embody the “indomitable American spirit.”

The American Prairie Reserve planned on Tuesday to announce the creation of the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. The group says it will honor artists, authors, educators, conservationists, historians and others.

Recipients will be chosen by a jury and the first award will be given in the spring of 2017.

Burns for more than three decades has directed and produced documentaries including the well-known PBS series “Baseball” and “The Civil War.”

The American Prairie Reserve is attempting to piece together the largest nature reserve in the United States on 3.5 million acres of public and private lands in north-central Montana.

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