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Secretary of State’s Office staff attends Tribal Relations Training, thanks Governor’s Office for hosting

HELENA, Montana — Staff from the Montana Secretary of State’s Office attended the 2023 Montana State Employee Tribal Relations Training this week and thanked the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs for hosting the important educational event.

Members of the Secretary of State’s Elections & Voter Services Division and the Business Services Division participated in the event, which included remarks from Misty Kuhl with the Montana Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs.

Lona Running Wolf and Wendy Bremner, sisters raised on the Blackfeet Reservation, presented to the packed room of state employees. Their presentation included discussions on identity, culture, and policies, while also explaining the historical and contemporary Indian policies.

The Secretary of State’s Office attendees applauded Bremner and Running Wolf for the wealth of knowledge and information, and expressed gratitude to the presenters and the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs for hosting the event.

According to her bio, Running Wolf has served numerous capacities in education, including as a teacher, instructional coach, instructional leader, and curriculum development. She also held the role of Director of American Indian Student Achievement for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Bremner is a Victim Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and has received the U.S. Attorney’s “Working Hard, Making a Difference” Award for “her contribution to public safety in Indian Country.”