Wabanaki Leadership Institute Fellowship Program


The Wabanaki Leadership Institute (WLI) is a multi-generational, fellowship program that provides emerging and existing Wabanaki leaders an opportunity to gain or enhance critical leadership skills required to provide competent, culturally grounded leadership for the Wabanaki Nations

Introducing the 2020 Fellows


Lynn Mitchell

Passamaquoddy - Indian Township 

Lynn works for Maine Indian Education and has a passion for language preservation. 

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Jan Paul

Penobscot Nation

Jan works for the Water Quality Department of the Penobscot Nation. She is a committed water protector. 

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Awendela Dana

Penobscot Nation

Awendela is the program coordinator for the Tribe's Child Support Agency and a member of the the Tribal council. 

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Maggie Dana

Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik

Maggie is the Vice Chief for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik. Priror to her election she served the tribe as a finance officer for more than 20 years. 

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Rosalie LaBillois

Mi'kmaq First Nation Eel River Bar

Rosalie works for the Association of First Nations, and is a culture keeper, and youth mentor. 

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Rhonda Decontie

Penobscot and Algonquin

Rhonda is the clerk of the Penobscaot Nation Tribal Court. She is a champion of culturally-based restorative justice, who teaches court staff across North America

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John Bear Mitchell

Penobscot Nation

John is the Program Director for the University of Maine's Native American waiver program. He is also a professor of Native Studies. 

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Edith Belanger

Wolostoq First Nation

Edith works with her Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk community on the claims and negotiations team, and on cultural revival projects. And, she writes a weekly chronicle for Radio-Canada  Indigenous Spaces.

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Geo Soctomah-Neptune

Passamaquoddy Indian Township

Geo is an award-winning Native artisan, teacher, and mentor. They are also a world-class drag performer and . 

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Lokotah Sanborn

Penobscot Nation

Lokotah is the Volunteer Coordinator for Nibezun. He is also a respected social activist and event coordinator, and a student at the University of Maine. 

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Kendra Sockabeson

Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik

Kendra is a Passamaquoddy language scholar who is committed to increasing language immersion in our communities.