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Convening of Sacred Little Ones Grantees at the College of Menominee Nation

- Written by Heather Jefferson

The Menominee people were the gracious hosts of the Sacred Little Ones Annual Convening, which took place in June 2014. When we arrived, we were greeted by Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Sacred Little Ones Program Officer at the American Indian College Fund. It was nice to see the peoples of the land history recorded on a special channel in our hotel room. The next morning, a few took advantage of a morning walk and we were able to get acquainted with one another.

Each day began early and ended after dinner, and all were encouraged “to do just one more thing,” which all were happy to do because of the generous spirit of everyone present. We exchanged experiences, insights, and ideas. Every site has its own unique, rich culture and history. Our hosts added to the Convening an adventure into their beautiful forest and gave us a tour of the tribal college as well as a fun bus tour of their tribal community, which included their new museum.

We learned a lot about one another and ourselves. This exchange helps us by validating our work and inspiring us to continue to work hard on behalf of our communities.