Lac du Flambeau Tribal member appointed to Young Women’s Cabinet of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota
November 22, 2019
Elizabeth, Ozaawigwanikwe (Brown Feather Woman) Burnett, Waubun, Minn., has been appointed to the Young Women’s Cabinet of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota. Ozaawaa is Anishinaabe, and an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Band and descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. The appointment will be for five years. Ozaawaa is currently a junior attending Waubun High School.
Launched by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota in partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment that centers the leadership and solutions of young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities.
Burnett’s parents are Ashley Kyle Burnett, Sr. of Lac du Flambeau, and Elizabeth Laverdure, Waubun. Her paternal grandmother is Donna LaMere of Lac du Flambeau. Her maternal grandparents are Dennis (Badger) DeMontigny of Belcourt, North Dakota and Jim (Betsy) McDougall of Waubun. Her great-grandparents were Ferdinand (Alice) DeMontigny, Belcourt, N.D., and Andrew (Sonny) Laverdure and Betty Laverdure, Belcourt.
Her great-grandparents were Albert and Betsy (Davis) Wilkie, Belcourt; and Napoleon and Mary (Primeau) Laverdure, Belcourt. Burnett’s aunts and uncles are Dr. Andrea (Robert) Laverdure, Belcourt; Andrew Laverdure, Belcourt; Julienne (Bill) Cross, Lac du Flambeau; Napoleon (Lorraine) Laverdure, Belcourt; Dr. Adrienne (Jim) Laverdure, Minocqua; and Mike (Sheena) Laverdure, Cottage Grove, Minn.; uncle Tim (Leila) Burnett of Lac du Flambeau; aunts Judith Belsheim and Uncle Gene (Merceline) Parisien of Waubun.