Circles of Empowerment was founded by and continues to thrive by virtue of its community members and their passion for ceremony, engaged service and mentoring the next generation. Stepping into and carrying the medicine of leadership is a beautiful responsibility; we are honored by how these community members show up with integrity and commitment to our legacy.
Our Board governs the vision and mission and meets on a regular basis to attend to the strategic needs of the organization. Overseeing the spiritual needs of the community is our Wisdom Council, comprised of founding members, Spiritual Leads, Lodge Leads, Elders, Wisdomkeepers and respected relatives and leaders from neighboring communities.
Elders’ Wisdom Council:
Clan Mother Hua Anwa
Clan Father Woableza, Robert LaBatte
Grandmother Maheewah Standing Woman
Grandfather Semuki Medicine Maker
Grandfather White Wolf, Robert Switzer
Grandmother Bridgeweaver, Karin Cake
Grandmother Turtle Heart, Carol Wolf
Grandmother Willowheart, Jade Bracken
Grandmother Rio Salcedo
Grandmother Spirit Woman, Carmen Langer
Our Elders are also guardians of Wisdom, through years of training and dedication, to acquire and safeguard for future generations.
If you are interested in any of the areas which they oversee and nurture on behalf of the community, please consider asking them to be your mentor. By passing them tobacco and asking for their teaching, you will be honoring them and gaining gifts far beyond your imagining, for these Leads and Elders truly are treasures.