Packet Resources:


Click here for a PDF of the WPLI Program

Click here for the Local Government & Policy Change slides

Click here for the Racial Wealth Divide – Government Boosts & Blocks 


Land Acknowledgment

As we gather for the 2022 virtual Women’s Policy Leadership Institute, we want to acknowledge the land we are all on today. We are joining this virtual event from all corners of the land we now call Montana. Montana was the traditional homeland and common hunting grounds of several tribes, including the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kootenai, Little Shell, Northern Cheyenne, Pend d’Oreille, Plains Cree, Salish, Sioux, Hidatsa, Mandan, and Arikara.

Today this land is home to twelve sovereign tribes with over 67,000 enrolled members. Those of us who are not Indigenous or Black acknowledge we are settlers on this land and benefit from the colonization and oppression of Indigenous people in the past and present.

We are also gathering in February, Black History Month. We recognize the invaluable and incomparable contributions of Black people every month, and take this month especially to lift up and highlight the leadership and excellence of Black people now and in the past. We acknowledge that Montana has had many thriving Black communities, whose history is often overlooked or purposefully erased, and who shaped Montana in many ways.

In addition to these acknowledgments, Montana Women Vote has made a contribution to the Helena Indian Alliance as a concrete way to demonstrate our commitment to the redistribution of resources and our acknowledgment of how we benefit from being on this land today.

You too can take action and share resources. To make a donation, visit these sites:

Helena Indian Alliance and Leo Pocha Memorial Clinic:

MT Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Mutual Aid Fund
Venmo: @mtbipocaid


What’s at Stake in Indian Country


LGBTQ+ History Coloring Pages




Suggested Further Reading:

Aubry Gordon on state-sponsored fat-shaming




National Congress of American Indians explains tribal sovereignty



Prison growth, prison size, and racial disparity data on incarceration in Montana



A study on the representation of Black and Indigenous issues in mainstream journalism




How to Provide Virtual Testimony (by Montana Budget and Policy Center)