Lumbee River Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations
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Old Main on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke2011 Conference in Raleigh, NC
September 18-20, 2013  -  The University of North Carolina at Pembroke  -  Pembroke, NC
Lumbee River  
    Message From The Chair

On behalf of the Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations (AIWPN), it is a pleasure to cordially invite you to attend the seventh annual conference on the beautiful campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The conference will be held September 18-20, 2013.

The conference theme is “Everything is Ceremony: Reclaiming Education, Community, Health, Spirituality, and Entrepreneurship.”

The featured speaker is Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), an internationally renowned activist working on sustainable development, climate Change and environmental justice in Native America. She is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.

LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

Since its establishment in 2006, the Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations has worked diligently to reaffirm Native traditions including a holistic approach to wellness, encourage contemporary artistic expression and empower Native women and girls. That’s what AIWPN, Inc. is all about: telling the American Indian women’s story - the good and the bad - and helping to build healthy youth, families and communities.

We look forward to your participation in this inspiring and affirming conference that facilitates intergenerational transfer of Native ways and knowledge to young American Indian women and college and high school female Indian students. A special feature this year is the invitation to high school male students to attend the conference. 

Please join AIWPN as we continue to empower our communities. For more information about the conference, visit the web site at We are also on Facebook at and Twitter at

We are honored by your interest and support in helping us to build strong and vibrant communities.

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Kay Freeman (Waccamaw Siouan) and Kim Pevia (Lumbee)
Co-Chairs, Host Planning Committee

Becky Goins (Lumbee)
Chair, Core Planning Committee

American Indians In North Carolina

This year’s conference is being held at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Pembroke, NC.

North Carolina has over 100,000 American Indians. The eight tribes of North Carolina are the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw Siouan.


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Last Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013