We extend a Chi Miigwech to our Presenters for
Women & Water Coming Together Symposium 2020
Sharon Day, Bois Forte Ojibwe, She is one of the founder’s of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, formerly known as the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force. She has led 5 Water Walks. The southern direction of the Mother Earth Water Walk which began at Gulf Port, Mississippi and ended in Ashland, Wisconsin, the Mississippi River Water Walk, the Seneca Lake Water Walk, the Ohio River Water Walk, and the Pokegama Water Walk. Each walk is ceremony to save the life giving force of water.
Jason (Jay) Schlender is an Extension American Indian leadership and civic engagement educator. He is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He has served in many roles in his community, including vice chairman of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, chairman of Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Institute, and chairman of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Voigt Inter-Tribal Taskforce. Prior to joining Extension, Jay served one 4-year term on the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board and spent 10 years as an instructor and adjunct faculty at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College.
MILDRED “TINKER” SCHUMAN Tinker’s Native name is Migizikwe, or Eagle Woman. She is a Tribal Elder, Healer, Grandmother, Pipe Carrier, teacher, poet, published author, and artist living on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Northern Wisconsin. She attended the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and has a creative writing degree and a BA in Education.
Kateri Baker, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first generation descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe. My Oneida name is Yakotshanunihati, meaning, “She goes along happy.” I am turtle clan and was raised by my Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, and the Oneida Community.