OLN is being rebuilt with our Dakota and Anishinaabe at the center of program design because our people flourish in spaces and systems that are relational, restorative, and recognize our spiritual needs. With past alum, our Wisdom Council, and others, we developed a working Indigenous Leadership Change Theory, that captures the collective vision for Oyate:
“We will provide culturally grounded leadership development opportunities to Indigenous people of all ages from around Minnesota, recognizing they bring a range of skills and experiences into this network. We will work in a complementary way with the existing array of leadership programs serving our community. If we do these things in a good way, we will have added strength to our community, which has an existing abundance of intergenerational leaders.
Through this program, participants will become more connected culturally and professionally within and beyond the American Indian community, and this interdependence will be valued. This widespread, networked Indigenous leadership will contribute to a more vibrant and healthy community.”