Lt. Gov. Antone Speaks at Native American Women’s Conference
November 18, 2022
The 7th annual Native American Women’s Conference took place at the Gila River Resorts & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass on Nov. 4.
This year’s theme was “Live, Love, Lead,” bringing together over 300 women for empowerment, connection, and professional and personal growth with the all-day event featuring speakers, panelists, exhibitors, and vendors.
Lt. Gov. Monica Antone was featured among the speakers, sharing her life’s accomplishments and adversities that have aided her to become the advocate and leader she is today.
In 2020, she earned her Bachelor’s in Government Affairs and Public Policy, encouraging others that it’s not too late to continue their education.
She highlighted her advocacy on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and her work as a member of the state’s coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children.
Lt. Gov. Antone paid special homage to her dear friend and mentor, the late Mary V. Thomas, the first woman to serve as Governor for the Gila River Indian Community.
Lunch included a fashion show displaying work from Joanne Miles-Long, a designer from GRIC who created “RRR. RAID.”
Miles-Long’s RRR.RAID brand creates unique attire from recycled clothing, taking modern-day fashion and fabrics and adding a traditional spin. Miles-Long also held a roundtable on how to upcycle your wardrobe.
Lt. Gov. Monica Antone and Miss Indian Arizona First Attendant 22-23, Lehua Lani Dosela (GRIC), showcased dresses by Miles-Long.