Extension Logo
Extension Logo
University of Minnesota Extension

Minnesota Indigenous Leadership Network

A Native American person smiling while standing in an urban area
A Native American drum
A Native American leader presenting to a group

Strengthening Indigenous leadership

Extension's Minnesota Indigenous Leadership Network works to engage leaders and strengthen partnerships with Native American communities in Minnesota.

We recognize historical trauma is more than what has happened in the past — it's also about what is happening now.

Learn and engage with us

Extension collaborates to offer cohort programs and other learning opportunities designed with communities. Below are ways to engage with us.

Grow your community efforts

Interested in helping your tribal community grow leadership and increase participation? We are passionate about working with you in ways that uphold and protect core values, communities, families and each other for future generations.

Leadership development is the cornerstone of community engagement. We are excited to share resources, tools and programs to strengthen communities.

Contact one of our educators to start a conversation about your community.

Build connections

In Extension • Across University of Minnesota • Across our communities

The Minnesota Indigenous Leadership Network works with others in both Extension and across the University, as well as within our communities. We do our part to support, promote and engage with groups who want to strengthen their communities.

Stay connected

Follow our Facebook page, Minnesota Indigenous Leadership Network, for news and updates.

Stories from community leaders

"Whenever I'm asked about my leadership journey ... I always have to reflect back on the sacrifices that were made that allowed me to be where I am today." — Dennis Olson

Our podcast series, Indigenized Connections On Air, highlighted the path to leadership from a number of our Minnesota leaders. Listen to episodes below.


Boarding schools and American Indian education

Profile of Brenda Child.     Hear our conversation with Brenda Child about the legacy of boarding schools and its impact on tribal land, American Indian education, and more.


MIIN (Midwest Indigenous Immersion Network)

Dustin Burnette, Midwest Indigenous Immersion Network, executive director     Listen as we talk to Dustin Burnette who shares his leadership journey and efforts to create an Indigenous immersion network.


Indigepreneurship and the Kwepack

Sarah Agaton Howes and friends     Listen as we talk with Sarah Agaton Howes as she shares stories about resilience, heartache and perseverance.


Leadership in a crisis: resiliency (part 4)

Dr. Anton Treuer     Join us for a conversation with Dr. Anton Treuer. Listen as he shares stories about resiliency and how it has influenced his leadership journey.


Join our email list

Receive updates and news about leadership and building capacity in tribal communities in Minnesota.


Give a gift of education

You can help provide leadership and civic engagement education to tribal communities in Minnesota with a financial gift. Your donation funds scholarships for Native Americans who want to participate in an Extension leadership program. Support leadership development by making a donation today.

Page survey

© 2024 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.