photos by Mel Ponder and Chantel Baker
Native Women's Leadership Forum
and Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon
We're Going Virtual!
After initially cancelling our 2020 Forum due to Covid-19, we’ve decided to take our conference online this year so we don’t miss out on the chance to come together and spend time in community.
Native Action Network is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Native Women’s Leadership Forum will be held virtually June 25-26, 2020! During this two day conference, Native women of all ages will gather safely via video conferencing for fellowship, learning, and sharing of life experiences through general assembly sessions, workshops, and our Enduring Spirit Honoring event.
Our theme this year is We Are All In This Together - Protecting the Sacred.
$75 - Standard Rate
FREE - Youth Academy
Registration comes with mailed Native Action Network gifts, activity kits, and access to networking opportunities. Please note, payment processing fees between will be charged at check out.
Learn more about the Youth Academy Track and our special sessions for young Native women who are students in high school or college at enduringspirit.org/youthacademy.
Scholarships for Elders, students, and those experiencing financial hardship are available! Email Asia Tail at to receive a code.
About Our Annual Forum
The Native Women's Leadership Forum is an annual event full of workshops, breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and panels. The Forum is designed with our mission in mind and encourages participants to make a positive impact in their community. Each year, the Forum takes a new theme, and with it new educational and training opportunities. Participants include Native women (and men!) from across the state and from many different tribal backgrounds. Feedback tells us that participants leave feeling empowered, recharged, and renewed. As part of the Forum, we host a special luncheon to celebrate the year's Enduring Spirit Award honorees.
Learn about some of our affiliated programs and opportunities to engage in our Forum each year:
Enduring Spirit Nominations and Honoring Luncheon
The Enduring Spirit Award recognizes the lifetime achievements of Native women who through their commitment of time, energy, and volunteerism contribute to healthy communities. The issues they champion are varied and include: environment, education, youth and family, holistic health (mind, body, spirit), continuation and retention of culture, preservation of treaty rights, sacred sites, and economic empowerment to name a few. A public call for nominations is released each year, and selected awardees are celebrated on the second day of the Forum at our Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon.
Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy
Every year, in conjunction with the Forum, Native Action Network hosts the Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy. The Youth Academy prepares the next generation of women Native leaders by combining cultural values with modern tools and services. Young Native women who are seniors in high school through their final year in college are invited to participate, and receive complimentary registration for the Annual Native Women's Leadership Forum with access to special youth sessions. Through two days of key presentations combined with hands on team activities, young women leave transformed, empowered, and prepared to make a difference in their communities.
We accept workshop proposals annually for the Forum. There are 9-15 workshops offered over the course of the conference. Proposals from Native community members working in diverse fields are considered, including interactive sessions, presentations, or panel discussions. Topics that address leadership, professionalism, self-awareness, and collective activism are encouraged. Selected workshop presenters receive an honorarium, and registration for the Leadership Forum and Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon at no charge.