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October: Grace Gillette, Denver March Powwow

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Grace Gillette is an enrolled Arikara of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Her Indian name is "WaHuux" which translates to Squash. Being a Denver resident for 43 years, she has been actively involved in the Denver Indian Community by serving on Boards of Directors, Speaker, Panelist, Emcee and Head Dancer. She still maintains close ties to her familial home in North Dakota by participating in traditional ceremonies and other events.

For her Denver March Powwow work, Gillette has earned recognition by being named in the Denver Business Journal's "Who's Who in Denver Business;" Strathmore's Who's Who; Denver's 150, a special  honor recognizing ordinary citizens who are making extraordinary contributions to the Mile High City commemorating Denver's 150th birthday; was honored to bestow a traditional blessing upon Mayor Hancock at his inauguration. Gillette was humbled when the American Indian College Fund named her "Elder of the Year." Most recently, she was inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. Gillette is proud that under her directorship, the Denver March Powwow has permanent exhibits in the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Gillette will deliver the keynote address for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award Luncheon and be a cultural presenter for the REACH Conference in June.

Professionally, she has more than 40 years of management experience which includes several years of conference coordination. She has been the Executive Director of the Denver March Powwow for the past 24 years and has held positions with prominent national organizations, e.g. Manager of Support Operations for the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT); Business Manager/Corporate Officer for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF); Office Manager, American Indian Commission on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Logistical Support Coordinator/Office Manager, Osoro & Associates. She graduated from Berca Foundation School, Berea, KY and Haskell Institute, Lawrence, KS.


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