Lumbee River Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations
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The American Indian Women of Proud Nations support American Indian women’s efforts to build healthier lives for themselves, their families, and their communities in a spirit of holistic inquiry and empowerment.


The American Indian Women of Proud Nations strives to incorporate Indigenous cultural traditions, language, history, and values to build intergenerational relationships and networks locally, regionally, and globally, and to develop a movement-building framework for collaborative leadership in five vital areas: education, community, health, spirituality, and economic development.


  • Educate and empower young American Indian college and high school students to achieve excellence and embrace the challenges of the 21st century by providing scholarship, advocacy, supportive environments, role models and mentors.
  • Educate teachers and the public about what we value and articulate concerns dealing with American Indian history and culture.
  • Address issues that impact the educational development of American Indian children and adolescents.
  • Understand the complexity of American Indian community problems and develop culturally competent efforts to solve these problems.
  • Increase the self-efficacy of American Indian women as agents of change in the educational, entrepreneurial, and political arenas. 
  • Address the holistic (mind, body and spirit) needs of American Indian mothers and wives.


Past conferences were held at Wake Forest University (2007), The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (2008-09, 2012-13), Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Cherokee, NC (2010) and Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, NC (2011). The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe were the hosts in 2016.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018