Wisconsin Women’s Network Announces Ada Deer 2018 recipient of Helen Marks Dicks Excellence in Advocacy Award

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Published August 23, 2018

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Women’s Network (WWN) is excited to announce that they will be
honoring Ada Deer of Fitchburg for her excellence in advocacy and commitment to advancing the
status of women and girls in Wisconsin at their annual Women’s Equality Day event on Thursday,
August 23, 2018.

Deer is a well-known advocate for the Native American community—particularly for her home
community, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She was the first Menominee to earn an
undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. In 1961, she was the first Native American to
receive an M.S.W. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her work on behalf of the
Menominee led to the Menominee Restoration Act of 1972, which officially returned the Menominee
Reservation to federally recognized status.

In 1993, Deer was the first woman appointed assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the
Interior, as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While in office, she helped set federal policy for more
than 550 federally recognized tribes.

“The Wisconsin Women’s Network is pleased to be honoring a woman who has done so much to fight
for social justice in Wisconsin – especially for Native American women and girls,” said Sara DillivanGraves,
President of the WWN. “Her leadership and passion has helped inspire women from across
the state to be advocates for themselves and for the other women and girls in the state.”

Deer will receive her award at WWN’s Women’s Equality Day event, scheduled for Thursday, August
23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Robinia Courtyard in Madison. Those wishing to attend or sponsor the
event should visit https://wiwomensnetwork.org/events/.

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