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University of Minnesota Extension

Dawn Newman



Statewide Minnesota


Phone: 218-390-0024 

Extension Regional Office, Cloquet
Cloquet Forestry Center
179 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720


Communities where I work

American Indian Nations across Minnesota, Urban Indians and those not affiliated with a Minnesota band

Contact me for help with:

  • Choosing and creating the future of tribal communities with leadership and civic engagement
  • Working with non-native people to end racism and build diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations and communities


  • A.A., Accounting, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • B.S., Business, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
  • Master of Administration, Education, Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, IL

Work Experience

Dawn joined Extension as the regional director serving Northwest Minnesota in 2004. From 2007-2013, she was a liaison for American Indian and Tribal Partnerships. In that role, she brought Extension's youth, water quality, volunteer and family programs to Minnesota's American Indian Tribes. A trained facilitator, Dawn has convened community groups to identify needs of American Indian audiences through listening sessions, focus groups, appreciative inquiry, focused conversations and dialogues.

Dawn joined the Center for Community Vitality in 2013. Her current work involves delving into the study and training of Transforming White Privilege, Transforming Psychological Trauma into Nonviolent Power (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), and using strengths-based approaches to develop Indigenous administrations, boards and schools. She is also supporting the design and delivery of programming that will help tribes as they address economic development issues and opportunities.

Before joining Extension, Dawn was the Director of Institutional Advancement for the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN. She has worked for Fond du Lac Min-No-Aya-Win Human Services in Cloquet and served as the Business Department Chair with Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, MN.

Affiliations, Honors, Trainings and Certifications, and Community Service

  • Citizen: Ho-Chunk Nation, Black River Falls, WI
  • Training Methods: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute); Community Capital Framework (University of Nebraska Lincoln); Technology of Participation Community Development; Art of Hosting; Mastering Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods; Technology of Participation Strategic Planning; The Skilled Facilitator Intensive Workshop (Roger Schwarz & Associates); National Extension Leadership Development; Blandin Community Leadership Alum; Principles and Techniques of Fundraising (Price-Babson Fellows Program in Entrepreneurship); NxLevel for Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship
  • Certificates: Strengths Coach (GALLUP), Top Facilitation Methods, Trainer and Facilitator (Institute of Cultural Affairs); Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualifying Seminar
  • Member: National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, Technology of Participation Network
  • Service: Restorative and transformative practitioners in schools, workplaces, justice systems and communities, Carlton County, MN

Selected Publications

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