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.