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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 18, 2002 - Issue 61


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Velda Shelby to receive National Award

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credits: photo Velda Lizette Shelby, The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, MT

PABLO, MT - Velda Shelby has been named one of four Gloria Steinem National Salute to Women of Vision Award winners by the Ms. Foundation, sponsor of the annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

Shelby is being recognized for ten years of "organizing programs that instill deep cultural pride in Native American girls while showing them a path for their professional aspirations," according to the foundation's website.

The achievement was announced to the dozens of young participants at TODTW Day 2002, held last Thursday at the Pablo Tribal Complex.

"I'm still stunned to be called a visionary," Shelby said, accepting the gift of figurine from Tribal Council representatives Jami Hamel (Arlee) and Maggie Goode (Hot Springs), who praised their fellow employee for her "tireless contributions both on and off the job."

The award, which includes an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the awards banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on May 16, honors individuals and organizations who are improving the lives of women and girls across the U.S. through exceptional work and devotion to social justice.

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