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Women leading the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin

July 11th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

This is pretty inspiring. Last weekend was tribal elections in Oneida, Wisconsin, which is basically the governing body for the sovereign nation (although we still have to legally answer to the federal governments - sovereignty sure is an interesting reality).

My partner’s amazing, incredible, strong sister Melinda Danforth was re-elected as councilwoman, along with six other women, making more than 60% of elected officials for the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin female! She’s 33 and this would be her second term as councilwoman, meaning she got started in the biz of running things at the age of 30. Melinda is a true believer in the power of the youth voice and is representing this Haudenosaunee nation with pride. You go girl!

It’s actually a normal occurence for this place; previous years have seen women holding the chair’s seat and other righteous Indigenous women taking on significant leadership roles.

Now if only the governments running these North American countries could get it right…

Tags: body politics, race and racism

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