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14 September 2010
The International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers will be keynote speakers at the international women's conference, 1-3 October 2010 in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Continuing from Part II, this article describes more of the distinguished women from around the world who comprise the Council.
Also speaking at the conference—entitled Restoring Balance: The Indigenous Grandmothers' Call to the Women of the World—will be other eminent women leaders of indigenous peoples in North America and around the world.
Please also see Part I of this article. The conference is presented by the Global Mother Divine Organization* in the United States. The organization is the women's wing of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation Programme.
More Keynote Speakers—The International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers:
Mona, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree. She serves on several United Nations committees on indigenous people's issues and is a featured author, speaker, and educator on indigenous people's human rights, aging, mental health, addiction, and violence. She is also the President/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit programme that promotes a vision of wellness by providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.
Rita Pitka Blumenstein
Yup'ik great-grandmother and tribal elder from Tununak, Alaska, Rita attended a Montessori school in Seattle for four years. She raised two children and worked at many hospitals delivering babies as a doctor's aide in Bethel and Nome. She has traveled and taught basket weaving, song, dance, and cultural issue classes worldwide, raising funds to support Native American Colleges. Rita has participated in many healing conferences where her teachings of the 'Talking Circle' were recorded and published. Rita is currently employed with South Central Foundation as a tribal doctor using plant and energy medicine.
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong
Tsering Dolma was born in Tibet in 1929. Because of the Communist invasion of Tibet, she and her family escaped to India in 1958. In 1972, she and her family moved to Canada. She returned to India and revived the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA), becoming one of its founding members. During the next ten years established over 30 TWA branch offices worldwide. In 1995, Tsering Dolma attended the Fourth World Women's Conference held in Beijing, China to bring attention to the treatment of the Tibetan people, and especially Tibetan women, by the Chinese government. She now resides in Toronto and remains an advisor to the TWA.
Beatrice Long-Visitor Holy Dance
Lakota keeper of the traditional ways, great-grandmother, Native American Church elder, Sun Dancer, health-worker for people with diabetes.
Rita Long-Visitor Holy Dance
Lakota keeper of the traditional ways, great-grandmother, Native American Church elder, bead-worker.
Members of the International Maori Mothers' Council
Members of the First Nations Women's Council of Canada
Indigenous mothers from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Arizona
Indigenous mothers from the Flathead Nation of Montana
Indigenous mothers from the Passamaquoddy Nation, Maine
Puna Kalama Dawson from the island of Kauai, Hawaii
Global Good News will feature more about the conference schedule in the coming days.
For conference registration, please visit the conference website: www.gmdousa.org.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Maharishi University of Management Women's Institute.
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