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International Women's Day Celebration to Focus on Indigenous Women

Humphrey School symposium cohosted by Tiwahe Foundation and Native Governance Center


Indigenous women have always been the backbone and heartbeat of their families and communities. They channeled their history of leadership into victories at the state and federal levels during the 2018 election, marking a major turning point for their political representation.

The growing political influence of Indigenous women is the focus of the International Women’s Day symposium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on March 8. The event is co-hosted by the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School, the Tiwahe Foundation, and the Native Governance Center.

The daylong event features presentations by influential Indigenous women office holders, including Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, the nation's highest-ranking Indigenous woman in executive office; Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig; and former advisors to President Obama.

The keynote speaker is Lourdes Tibán of Ecuador, a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and former member of Ecuador’s Congress. U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota will make remarks during the luncheon.

The symposium will also feature a ‘Blanket Exercise,’ an interactive program that teaches the history of indigenous peoples in North America. View the complete agenda.

Registration for the event is full. Interested parties can sign up for the wait list. The symposium will be live streamed.


Friday, March 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.


Humphrey School of Public Affairs

301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis


• Lourdes Tibán, member, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; former member of Congress in Ecuador

• Peggy Flanagan, lieutenant governor, Minnesota; White Earth Band of Ojibwe

• Tina Smith, U.S. senator, Minnesota

• Anne McKeig, Minnesota Supreme Court justice; White Earth Band of Ojibwe

• Jodi Gillette, former senior policy advisor for Native American affairs under President Obama; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


Tiwahe Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation based in Minneapolis that provides grants to Native individuals and families for their pursuit of professional, educational or cultural opportunities. It promotes the development of leadership skills and networking for American Indians. Tiwahe means ‘family.’

Native Governance Center is a Native-led nonprofit based in St. Paul that assists tribal nations in strengthening their governance systems and capacity to exercise sovereignty through leadership development and tribal governance support.

The Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs illuminates gender-based disparities through research, teaching, and public engagement. In partnership with students, faculty, policymakers, and community leaders, the Center advances effective public policies that create a more equitable world.


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