I wanted to follow up on CD #56 and share my rationale for moving to refer to the Committee on Legislation (CoL). This work has been happening behind the scenes since the Biden administration began. We are likely just a few months out from seeing movement on this issue. The Public Policy and Advocacy office can always answer questions about strategic work going on behind the scenes. All you have to do is ask.
The second item I wish to share is an excerpt from my book about political advocacy. I have been working in state and federal legislative advocacy for over 20 years, and my experience is that advocacy is a long game, and sustained change takes time. The vast majority of advocacy work is done behind the scenes, in conversations and discussions and in coalition with allied organizations. Think of it like a really long chess match
CD #56 Motion to Refer Talking Points
Many Indigenous peoples, including the Apsáalooke (Crow), Niimiipuu (Nez Perce), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota), Piikani (Blackfeet), Seliš (Salish), Sosori' Newe (Shoshone) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Northern Cheyenne), have traditional claims to the lands upon which Montana State University (MSU) physically sits. Indigenous histories and perspectives are centered in my work.
Ann Dutton Ewbank, PhD Associate Professor and Department Head Department of Education College of Education, Health and Human Development Montana State University (406) 994-5788
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