The following is a list of awards and nominations that Richard has been honored with.
R. Ross Arnett Award for Children's Literature for Little You
Georges Bugnet award for Godless but Loyal to Heaven (Enfield & Wizenty)
Northern Journal's "News-maker of the Year"
Up Here Magazine's "Northerner of the Year"
2006 - 2007
Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year for "The Greatest Storytelling in Canada and the US" at the annual Returning the Gift conference held at Michigan State University by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
Jugendileraturpries Award, the highest award for a translation awarded by the German government for The Lesser Blessed (Translated by Ulrich Plezdorf)
1999 - 2000
Canadian Children's Book Center "Our Choice" recommended list For What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses
Writer of the Year Award for Children's Literature by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for A Man Called Raven
Canadian Authors Association Air Canada Award, honoring a young (under 30) Canadian writer deemed to show the most promise for the future in the field of literary creation
Finalist for the Western Magazine for the short story "Devotion"
ReLit Award for The Moon of Letting Go
Western Magazine Award, nominated by Prairie Fire for the short story "Dypthia"