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Strong Women/Strong Nations 6: Panel 2, Tribal Governance
"Strong Women/Strong Nations: Native American Women & Leadership" is a day-long symposium examining the complex identities of Native women through lively, insightful discussions by elected tribal leaders, activists, artists, and business leaders about the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities confronting women today. This segment features a panel entitled, "The Emergence of Women as Leaders in Tribal Governance." Native women are increasingly moving into leadership positions. This panel focuses on their experiences—and lessons learned for all women. It is moderated by Jodi Gillette (Standing Rock Sioux), Policy Advisor, Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. The presenters include Kim Baird, Owner, Kim Baird Strategic Consulting; former Chief, Tsawwassen First Nation; Karen Diver, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council; former Tribal Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and Lynn Valbuena, Tribal Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Jodi A. Gillette (Standing Rock Sioux) is currently a Policy Advisor for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP, after serving in the Administration of President Barack Obama from 2009-2015. During her tenure under the Administration, she served as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant- Secretary Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, and as the Associate Director of WOMEN NATIONS Native American Women & Leadership Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. Gillette was influential in advising President Obama on policy to improve the lives of Native Americans and strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and Indian Tribes, and advancing the protection of Native women and children against violence. Kim Baird (Tsawwassen First Nation) is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and offers services in relation to First Nation policy, governance, and economic development issues. Baird was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012. She had the honor of negotiating and implementing British Columbia’s first urban treaty on April 3, 2009, and has since overseen numerous economic and institutional development projects for TFN. The recipient of a number of prestigious awards, Baird has been appointed to the Premier’s Aboriginal Business Investment Council and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women. She is a trustee for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Karen Diver (Chippewa) is Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council. In addition to serving as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for more than eight years, Diver also served as Vice President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; a member of the Board of Directors for the Corporation for Supportive Housing; a two-term Chair of the Boards of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota; and a Presidential appointee to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. Diver has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Lynn Valbuena is Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Southern California. She has held numerous elected positions within the tribal government, including past terms as Chairwoman, Vice Chairwoman, and member of the Business Committee, which manages daily governmental operations on behalf of the General Council. She believes in community outreach, involvement with local organizations, and creating awareness of tribal traditions. In addition to her tribal government duties, Lynn is the chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, a coalition of tribes in California, and was an elected officer for the National Indian Gaming Association. She is a trustee for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Los Angeles-based Autry National Center. In 2015, Valbuena was inducted into the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame. The symposium was webcast and recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on March 18, 2016.
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1 hr 22 min 9 sec
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