Leading for the 7th Generation

illustration of mother and daughter holding hands, artist: Sarah Agaton Howes

Graphic artist: Sarah Agaton Howes




  • The Bush Foundation
  • The Imagine Fund
  • Human Rights Center 
  • Institute for Advanced Study
  • Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies 
  • UMN Women’s Center

Native leaders, including women and two-spirit leaders, plan for the future with a seven-generation mindset. These leaders steward resources for the seventh generation – including land, water, and indigenous languages ­­– while simultaneously tending to the economic well-being of Native nations and communities today. This event will provide an opportunity to learn what seventh generation principles are and why these core values are important to our peoples and leaders. It will also provide an opportunity to learn from successful models of seventh generation stewardship and how to balance the often difficult decisions such planning entails.

Friday, March 25
8:30 AM–2:30 PM CDT


Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. 

Protections against COVID-19 are in place across campus. Masks are required in all campus buildings. Find more information on the University's COVID-19 policies. 

Event Program: 

  • 8:30-9:00 AM – Registration and Tea
  • 9:00-9:30 AM – Opening Remarks Zoom open & Facebook livestream begins
    Christina Ewig, Welcome
    Audrianna Goodwin, Prayer
    Jayme Davis, Words from the Organizers
  • 9:30-10:15 AM – Keynote: We are still here, today, and tomorrow because of our
    Grandmother’s love
    Sharon Day, introduced by An Garagiola
  • 10:15-10:30 AM – Break
  • 10:30-11:15 AM – Keynote: Seventh Generation Thought and Teachings
    Dr. Henrietta Mann*, introduced by Nevada Littlewolf
  • 11:15 AM-12:30 PM – Panel Discussion: Seventh Generation Values in Action
    Clay Colombe*, Tara Houska*, Annette Johnson, and Rep. Heather Keeler
    Moderator: Orion Dagen-Goodsky
  • 12:30-1:00 PM – Final Remarks
    Vanessa Goodthunder and Nicole Pieratos
  • 1:00-2:30 PM – Lunch, Pow Wow Grounds    Zoom room remains open

All speakers and panels will take place in the Cowles Auditorium.  Lunch in the Mondale Commons. 
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Sharon Day

Bois Forte Ojibwe, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Task Force

portrait of Sharon Day

Henrietta Mann, Ph.D.

Tse-tsehese-staestse (Cheyenne), Professor Emerita, Montana State University, Bozeman

Portrait of Henrietta Mann
Portrait of Henrietta Mann credited to Montana State University

Annette Johnson

Ojibwe, Treasurer, Red Lake Nation

Portrait of Annette Johnson

Heather Keeler

Yankton Sioux Tribe with Lineage to Eastern Shoshone, Minnesota State Representative

Portrait of Heather Keeler

Tara Houska

Couchiching First Nation, Tribal Attorney and Founder of Ginew Collective

Portrait of Tara Houska

Clay Columbe

Rosebud Sioux and Nez Perce, CEO of Rosebud Economic Development Corporation

Portrait of Clay Columbe

Vanessa Goodthunder

Lower Sioux Indian Community, Director, C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi 

Portrait of Vanessa Goodthunder

Orion Dagen-Goodsky

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, TRAIL Program Coordinator of Vermilion Boys & Girls Club

Jayme Davis

 Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Circle of Nations Consulting

Portrait of Jayme Davis

Nevada Littlewolf

Leech Lake Nation, Founder and President, Seven Teachings MN

Portrait of Nevada Littlewolf

Nikki Pieratos

Bois Fort Band of Chippewa, Executive Director, Tiwahe Foundation

Portrait of Nikki Pieratos


An Garagiola

Bois Forte Ojibwe, Research Assistant, Office of American Indian and Tribal Nations Relations, UMN

This event is the first of a two-part series. The second, on April 29, is called “Advocating for Systems Change for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives