Iṭaƞc̣aƞ/Ogichidaawi: Why You Are the Leaders We Need

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, We Are Still Here Minnesota and Vote Run Lead are hosting a training for Native women in Minnesota who are contemplating or interested in running for public office. At this training, Native women will have the opportunity to learn how to write and deliver a compelling stump speech to jumpstart their campaign.

Native Americans are the original people in Minnesota, but there have only been five Native American state legislators since Minnesota achieved statehood, and all of them were women. Furthermore, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, a member of the White Earth Nation, is the highest ranking Native person in an executive office. (There were nine men who were elected to the legislature when Minnesota was still considered a territory.) During the 2021 legislative session, Minnesota created the nation's first state office on missing and murdered Native relatives. The voices of the three Native women in the Legislature shepherded this groundbreaking legislation to realization. Leadership matters, and that's why we need to start training more Native women to run and win.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center’s mission is to empower Native women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable lifeways, while advocating for justice and equity. We Are Still Here Minnesota’s mission is to spotlight and make visible the lives and contributions of Native American peoples and their governments in Minnesota today because we are still here. Vote Run Lead is working to create a more inclusive and reflective democracy and the organization is committed to unleashing the political power of women as voters, candidates and leaders to create and sustain an equitable democracy. RUN/51 is Vote Run Lead’s newest initiative to move the Minnesota legislature to 51% women’s representation by 2024. It’s time to make the Minnesota legislature #herhouse!

This 90 minute training will be led by campaign expert Prairie Rose Seminole, who is an enrolled tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. 



August 25, 2021 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm