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Volume 1, January 2012
GO RUN trains Native women to run for public office
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go_run_trains_native_women2.jpgMinnesota: American Indian women are ready to become community leaders on tribal, local, county and statewide levels. Last November, 28 American Indian women from over 12 Midwest tribes met near Hackensack to develop their leadership skills.
Nevada Littlewolf (Leech Lake Ojibwe) is the Rural Field Organizer for The White House Project. It was Littlewolf who envisioned the first-ever Go Run for American Indian Women. Led by American Indian trainers with political experience, Go Run was brought fresh voices from the campaign trail. They talked about
The importance of listening, sharing the lead, and uniting efforts to create something of value for the world.  
With the right tools and resources,
Native women will win elected offices and change the face of leadership.
here's room for more than just one American Indian woman leader.

And they send the same message:GO RUN! AMERICAN INDIAN WOMEN CAN DO THIS!

Among the leaders and guests who attended the Go Run for American Indian Women conference:

Prairie Rose Seminole, Three Affiliated Tribes of ND

Coordinator for the Fargo Native American Center
Trains for The White House Project and Wellstone Action.
Seminole addressed campaign plans and shared her experience as a candidate for ND's state legislature.

Elizabeth Towle, Mille Lacs Ojibwe

Helped organize Native America's "Get Out the Vote" efforts.
Towle addressed how Native women could reach out and encourage Native people to vote.
"Bring a package of hot dogs for those rez dogs when you're door knocking! Do whatever it takes to get out there and talk with people," she advised.

Nevada Littlewolf (Leech Lake Ojibwe)
 Virginia, MN, City Council
Littlewolf said it's important to tell your own story and help others realize that Native women bring critical issues to the table which are absent from most campaigns.

Susan Allen
(Lakota, Dakota and Anishinabe)
Currently running for the Minnesota State House of Representatives
She said it's time for real representation that reflects the communities being served.

Diane Gibbs, Mille Lacs Band Ojibwe
Tribal Council District III Representative
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Sally FineDay, Leech lake ojibwe
Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota and 2010 Beltrami County Commissioner candidate
 Peggy Flanagan
Peggy Flannigan, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Wellstone Action and former Minneapolis School Board member
"I feel fed (motioning to her heart) by being here with all of you," she said.

Lyz Jakkola, Anishinaabe
Oshkii-Giizhik women singing and drumming group
"It is so important for women to send their voices out into the world," she said.

Malita Spears-Kletschka, Red Lake Ojibwe
"We really took time to listen to one another," she said.

Go Run for American Indian Women was supported by the Blandin Foundation, the Northland Foundation, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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