Sherri Mitchell was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, magna cum laude and received her Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Sherri has been an advocate for Indigenous Rights for more than 20 years.
Sherri will talk about the need for developing unity with Indigenous Rights movements, centering on our shared connection to the Earth and our interdependence with one another and the entire structure of life.
She was a participant in both the American Indian Ambassador program, and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship program. In 2010, she received the Mahoney Dunn International Human Rights and Humanitarian Award, for research into Human Rights violations against Indigenous Peoples, and she is the 2015 recipient of the Spirit of Maine Award, for commitment and excellence in the field of International Human Rights. Sherri was a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and currently serves as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. She is also a prolific writer, her work has been included in countless journal, anthologies and publications. And, she speaks and teaches on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice and building nonviolent action across the United States and Canada.