Anangoons indishinikaaz. Awaazisii indoondem. Gaa-waawiyegamaag indoonjibaa. My name is Kelly Nayquonabe and I’m running for Tribal Governing Board. I was raised in the Round Lake Community of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. My mother, Trixie Nayquonabe, dedicated her life to education. My grandfather, Bill Sutton, was one of the Mirst culture leaders in the LCO School System. Mary Frogg Sutton, my grandmother, was the rock of our family and encouraged our traditional pathway. My husband, Donny and daughter Sophia are the most important to me. I hope to teach her how to give back to our community and take pride in being an Ojibwe Anishinaabe.
I received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, with an emphasis in Tribal Administration and Governance program. I’m currently working on a Master’s Degree in Tribal Government. My education has given me the skills to be an effective community leader. Education is the key to success and important to Tribal Governance.
I have extensive experience in community development working in different aspects of our Tribe - over 10 years working in tribal planning and grants; 5 years with the LCO Federal Credit Union, and a lifetime of volunteering and participating for the LCO Ojibwe School pow wows, Veterans pow wow, Honor the Earth pow wow and WOJB. I’ve served as Chair of the Tribal Election Committee and currently serve as a Board member for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Immersion School. All of this work provided crucial insight into strengthening our community.
Being raised in a traditional family, I bring a cultural and community perspective in planning for the future of our people. My leadership style is based upon collaboration, cooperation and wellness for our community. I ask for your support on May 13, 2023 and join me as we face the challenges before our Tribe. We are stronger together.