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Adrienne Benjamin

Mille Lacs Regional Equity Champion for the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, Isle, Minnesota, USA

Adrienne Benjamin (Amikogaabawiikwe) is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe). She currently works as a program and curriculum developer for her tribe. She also holds the position of equity champion for the Mille Lacs area with the Minnesota Educational Equity Partnership. She has spent most of her young career dedicated to the betterment of tribal youth and her community. Prior to her current job, Adrienne was gifted an apprentice role with an elder in her community who taught her the Ojibwe language, stories, and the traditional harvest methods of her people. Together with a co-worker she founded Ge-niigaanizijig (The Ones Who Will Lead) which was awarded a $250,000 Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Language Revitalization grant in 2015 funded in part by the Land and Legacy Act of Minnesota. Adrienne is an alumni of the Bush Foundation's Native Nation Rebuilder Program, Blandin Foundation's Reservation Community Leadership Program, and a past National Arts Strategies Creative Community fellow. In August 2018, she completed the Executive Program in arts and culture strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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