Building Power Through Re-Indigenization During COVID-19

Coming up on Tuesday, May 18th, the Region V Public Health Training Center and UW Population Health Institute will co-present, ‘Building Power Through Re-Indigenization Across American Indian Communities During COVID-19.’

COVID-19 has worsened many long-standing inequities across the nation. Indigenous communities have been fighting for change and justice across many social, economic, and environmental inequities for decades. This webinar will feature Indigenous leaders from across the country who are centering re-Indigenization, a process intended to promote community healing that centers the distinct social and cultural experiences of American Indian people.

Date: May 18, 2021 from 11-12:30 PM CST


Public health professionals in all settings, including governmental public health, non-profits, health systems, etc. as well as across disciplines, whether health education, nursing, environmental health, leadership, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of the impacts of and opportunities created during COVID-19 on/in Indigenous Communities
  • Describe “Re-indigenization” as a power building approach and provide examples of this work during COVID-19
  • Describe how public health allies can partner with Indigenous communities within and outside of reservations to build power in the long-term


  • Janeen Comenote, Executive Director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition
  • Judith La Blanc, Executive Director, Native Organizers Alliance
  • Mark Denning, Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Anahkwet (Guy Reiter), Executive Director, Menikanaehkem, Inc.

Moderated by

Paula Tran Inzeo, Group Director, Mobilizing Action Towards Community Health (MATCH), University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute

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Thank you to Melissa Metoxen for passing this along – Please share broadly with your networks!