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Inter-Tribal leaders attend Regents meeting

October 17, 2014

The UW System Board of Regents for the first time welcomed leaders from the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council to its meeting Friday at UW-Stevens Point.

Regent President Michael J. Falbo noted the Board’s honor in welcoming the Council leaders and shared the UW Regents’ interest in building “a strong and productive partnership between us, one that will improve the outlook for Native American students, faculty, and their communities, and benefit all of us.”

“We are honored and thankful to be here to begin this partnership with tribal communities,” said Cristina Danforth, chairwoman of the Oneida Tribe and a UW-Green Bay graduate. “We have shared relationships and shared concerns,” she also added that student support— educational, financial, and social—are vital to ensuring greater retention and graduation rates among Native American students.

Other tribal leaders at the meeting included: Executive Director Michael Allen, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Chairwoman Laurie Boivin, Menominee Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin; Chairman Chris McGeshick, Sokaogon Chippewa Community; and Greg Miller, on behalf of President Wallace Miller, Stockbridge-Munsee Community.