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University of Minnesota American Indian Task Force

The University of Minnesota American Indian Task Force mission is to build institutional capacity and long term commitment to making a measurable difference in American Indian Communities.

The task force is composed of Extension faculty and staff, Tribal College representatives, and others.

Vision for the task force

Goals and outcomes for the task force

Task force goal area Recommended tasks
Access and representation Hiring of Native American staff and staffing work on reservations
Climate and environment In-service training for those interested in working with Native American populations
Programs and products
  • Exploring possibilities in 2-3 project areas
  • Creating a publication on Native Americans similar to one Wisconsin does
  • Support major resource generation effort
Special initiatives Innovative approach using task force and concrete goals and actions as a starting point

Task force outcomes to date

New positions

University of Minnesota Extension Educators

Susan Beaulieu
4-H Youth Development, American Indian Programs
Extension Regional Office, Brainerd

Joe Courneya
4-H Youth Development, American Indian Programs
Extension Regional Office, Moorhead

Dawn Newman
American Indian and Tribal Partnerships Liaison
Extension Regional Office, Cloquet

Shirley Nordrum
Water Resource Management
Leech Lake Tribal College

David Wilsey
Natural Resource Management and Utilization
Extension Regional Office, Cloquet

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