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Facing Race: Reclaiming the Power of Our Stories

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InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel

11 E Kellogg Boulevard

Great River Ball Room

Saint Paul, MN 55105

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The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations invite you to celebrate the 13th annual Facing Race Awards, honoring Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas and Tuleah Palmer, two individuals courageously working to eliminate racism and its effects in Minnesota.



About Tuleah Palmer

Tuleah Palmer is the daughter of Sid Palmer and Jill Abernathy. Her father was a lifelong resident of Ball Club and descends from the Nipissing Nation in Ontario and her mother is a lifelong advocate of social justice. Tuleah resides in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and is the mother of a blended Anishinaabe family of 7 children, ages 3 to 22.

Tuleah has spent her life and career working toward better: better after school programs, better youth development, improved public health outcomes, education, career pathways, basic needs, accessibility, policy change, racial equity and inclusion.

She serves as the Executive Director of Northwest Indian Community Development Center. Her career has weaved itself through many community organizing projects and programs that have made significant changes in people’s lives for better.

She serves on the Governor’s Workforce Board, Racial Equity Committee, DHS American Indian Workforce Development Initiative, DHS Mental Health Innovations Board, MDH & Wilder Healthcare Equity Leadership Team. She served as an Americorps VISTA after completing BSU as a first generation college graduate. Informally, she is claimed by her community and trusted to navigate complex narratives with truth and integrity. She believes leadership is about knowing when and how to act and creating space for others to stand in truth and justice.


About Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas

In July 2018, after 20 years of pastoring and 25 years working prior to pastoring, Reverend Gloria Roach Thomas retired. As a pastor, she served Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center and Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in Saint Paul.

Prior to ordained ministry and pastoring, she worked in non-profit management. It was during these years that she began to finding her ‘voice’ in working with equity issues, which led her to advocacy and work to reduce the impact of racial disparities.

She continues to teach ‘Death and Dying Across Cultures and Religions’ as an adjunct Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota in the Mortuary Science Program in the School of Medicine. She also works with “Fiscally Fit,” a program working to eliminate economic disparities by fostering financial health and wellness.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Winthrop University in South Carolina. She also holds a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. A native of South Carolina, she has resided in Minnesota for 43 years.


Meet our keynote speaker: Representative Ruth Buffalo

Share an evening with Ruth Buffalo, whose election in 2018 made history as she became the first Native American woman elected to North Dakota’s legislature, overcoming an opponent who had passed a voter ID law that made it harder for Native Americans to vote. Ruth is a public health professional and educator. She is the former Chair of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and recipient of National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40 leadership award. Her consultant and independent contract work has included; ACLU of ND, Honor the Earth, Sacred Pipe Resource Center, MHA Nation and First Nations Women’s Alliance. Her work has spanned research and advocacy, community capacity-building and continued reconciliation efforts through education. She is also a citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, and descendant of the Chiricahua band of Apache. Join us, and hear Ruth’s perspective on reclaiming the power of our stories and important role they play in equity work. To learn more about Ruth and her work, click here.


PROGRAM

5:30 p.m. - Reception

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while you listen to music from The Tropics Steel Drum Band.


6:30 p.m. – Award Ceremony

Celebrate our award recipients, Tuleah Palmer and Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas, and hear from our keynote speaker, Representative Ruth Buffalo. The program will also feature a special performance by ShapeShift.


ACCESSIBILITY

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations strive to make all its programs fully accessible. The InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel is equipped with ramps and elevators for those in need. There will also be an American Sign Language Interpreter throughout the program.


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