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Are you interested on learning about actionable steps you can take to support indigenous communities and amplify their voices in the fight for justice and equality? Contemporary issues facing Minnesota Tribal Nations include challenges such as land rights, environmental justice, healthcare disparities, educational inequities, and cultural preservation. Join Naomi Louise for this hands-on, interactive workshop and examine the struggles facing Minnesota Tribal Nations and explore avenues for advocacy and support. Get ready to embark on a journey to explore obstacles facing Minnesota Tribal Nations today, and how educators can play a role in advocating for positive change! Naomi’s expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion will provide you with resources you need to analyze a case study of historical and ongoing issues for Native American rights, develop an action plan for advocating for Indigenous rights within educational institutions, and create a multimedia campaign raising awareness about environmental issues affecting Minnesota Tribal Nations. 

This is workshop four of six for the series titled “Honoring Our Roots: Exploring the Cultural Heritage and Contributions of Minnesota Tribal Nations.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary issues facing Minnesota Tribal Nations, including their root causes, impacts, and implications for indigenous communities' well-being and sovereignty.  
  2. Learn about effective strategies for advocacy and support, including ways to amplify indigenous voices, advocate for policy change, and address systemic injustices and disparities.  
  3. Explore resources and tools for educators to engage in meaningful advocacy and allyship, including curriculum resources, professional development opportunities, and community partnerships.  
  4. Reflect on your role as an educator and ally in supporting indigenous communities and identify concrete actions you can take to advocate for positive change and promote equity and justice. 

Workshop Details:

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to six continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.  


Participants will analyze and critique a documentary or article addressing contemporary Native American issues to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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