Two Los Angeles residents won MacArthur “genius” grants today. The grants recognize people demonstrating “exceptional creativity” and “promise for important future advances” in their fields. Winners receive $625,000 to spend however they want.
One of the local winners is playwright Larissa FastHorse, a dual citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and the U.S.
The other winner is Natalie Molina, a historian at USC who researches how racial labels applied to immigrants 100 years ago continue to shape public policy.