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Native Women’s Leadership Forum Sept. 27 – 28

TULALIP, Wash. – The seventh annual Native Women’s Leadership Forum features a two-day Native Youth Leadership Academy for girls in high school and college, an intergenerational dialogue on empowerment and issues, and the Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon.

The forum is Sept. 27 – 28 at the Tulalip Resort. This year’s theme is “Creating the Change We Want: Our Agenda, Our Way.”

“The intent is to take a closer look at how we as women can create agendas for change not just in our communities, but through the local, state and national legislative process,” organizers said.

On the first day, participants will discuss the “Current State of Native Women and Children’s Issues.” The Native Women’s Leadership Forum and Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon takes place on the second day.

The Enduring Spirit Honoring Award recognizes the achievements of Native women who through their commitment of energy, time and volunteerism contribute to healthy communities. Past recipients have been champions of children, cultural education, economic empowerment, environment, families, health, sacred sites, and preservation of treaty rights. For more information about the event visit

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at