Professor Julianne Jennings wins Extraordinary Woman Award

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On March 8, the Extraordinary Woman Award Program in Providence, R.I., honored Eastern Connecticut State University anthropology professor Julianne Jennings, one of nine women to receive the award.

The award, which recognizes women from different ethnic origins, recognizes outstanding work that women perform in different areas of the community that enhance education, professional and business development, community involvement, cultural enrichment, health, politics and communications for woman in the future in Rhode Island.

Jennings, a Cheroenhaka Nottoway Native American, received the award in cultural enrichment. For more than 15 years, she has been teaching children and adults about the history and culture of the Native people in southern New England. She currently teaches a first-year program liberal arts colloquium entitled “Mixed Blood Indians in Southern New England.” Jennings is the author of several books and journal articles, and has recently co-authored a book entitled, “A Cultural History of the Native People of Southern New England” (Bauu Press).

In 2007, she received the Eve Ensler’s Vagina Warrior Award presented by Rhode Island College for her outstanding advocacy against violence and sexual assault against Native American women. Jennings resides in Warwick, R.I. with her three children, Brian, Julia and Lily and their cat, Alice.