Range Native Gets Young People Involved in Local Government

By KBJR News 1

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM CDT

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---The Northland's NewsCenter is honoring outstanding women again this year with the "Women In Leadership" Awards.

Our next spotlight is on Virginia City Councilor Nevada Littlewolf, an Iron Range native who encourages all people to get involved in local government.

Nevada Littlewolf is not only the youngest member of the Virginia City Council, she is also the only woman and only Native American to ever hold a seat on the council.

Now, in her second term, she says the key to success in small government is listening to the needs of the community.

"Making sure that their voice and their involvement is here is really crucial to me," Littlewolf said. "I think it actually helps inform my leadership as well. Certainly I didn't get here by myself."

Councilor Littlewolf has also worked as a children's advocate most of her life.

She's currently working with the Virginia Community Foundation Mural Committee on an Ojibwe themed mural, expected to be completed this year.

"We can bring young people into the process and just kind of get their thoughts and ideas about the mural," she said. "It will be an educational point for students."

Councilor Littlewolf is active in the local foods and sustainability movement.

She's planning a tour of an urban farming program in Milwaukee and will bring back ideas to make Virginia's Greenhouse more socially sustainable.

"We are also talking about local food projects where we might be growing food and then selling them to businesses," she said.

In the next couple of months, she plans to launch a local initiative that provides training for women to become leaders in the community.

The Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon is March 28 in the Greysolon Ballroom.

Jennifer Walch
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