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Melody Staebner

Melody Staebner is an  enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. For the past 18 years she has served as the  Indian Education Coordinator of the Fargo and West Fargo Public Schools. In this role she supports school attendance, academic success, and provides family support.  Ms. Staebner received the YWCA Woman of the Year Award in 2008 for “Advocating for Youth”.  Most recently she received the Gladys Shingobe Ray Award in recognition for her devotion and extraordinary service to the Native American community.

In addition to serving on the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, she also serves on the North Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council, the North Dakota ESSA Tribal Stakeholder Committee, the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings Committee, and Woodlands and High Plains Powwow Committee.   She has extensive training that includes working with at-risk youth, homeless population, dropout prevention, mental health and suicide prevention, leadership, trauma, and cultural competency. She is currently enrolled at Minnesota Community and Technical College, pursuing her Social Work degree.

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