RUN trains Native women to run for public office
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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
Nevada Littlewolf (Leech Lake Ojibwe) is the Rural Field
Organizer for The White House Project. It was Littlewolf who envisioned the
Run for American Indian Women. Led by American Indian trainers
with political experience,
Go Run was brought
fresh voices from the campaign trail. They
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.
for more than just one American Indian woman leader.
And they send the same
Among the leaders and guests who attended the
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
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.
(Lakota, Dakota and Anishinabe)
Currently running for the Minnesota State House of
She said it's time
for real representation that reflects the communities being
Diane Gibbs, Mille Lacs Band Ojibwe
Tribal Council District III Representative
Sally FineDay, Leech lake ojibwe
Alliance of Minnesota and 2010 Beltrami County Commissioner
Peggy Flannigan, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Wellstone Action and former Minneapolis School Board
"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.
Spears-Kletschka, Red Lake Ojibwe
"We really took time to listen to one another,"
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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