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Georgianna Ignace

Georgia Ignace

Georgianna Ignace was born and raised on the Menominee Indian Reservation and successfully became a graduate from Marquette University. Since the early 1970s Mrs. Ignace has volunteered and dedicated her time to serving on numerous committees and boards of Indian organizations. Her experience has ranged from being a Charter member of the Milwaukee Indian Health Board from 1972-1984 to being tribally active in the reversal of the Termination Act imposed upon the Menominee tribe. In 1971, Mrs. Ignace was appointed by former Governor Tommy Thompson to the Menominee Study Committee and in 1976 she was appointed to the Native American Study Committee.

In the 1980s her activities included Secretary of State Appointee and Department of Health and Social Services to the American Indian Advisory Health Committee. In addition, Mrs. Ignace has been actively involved as a Charter member of Indian Summer Festivals and the Public Relations Department for Indian Summer Festivals with the eleven tribes of Wisconsin. Then, in the 1990s, Mrs. Ignace served as a committee member of the Menominee Tribal Health Clinic, Wisconsin Indian Language Culture Education Board, Siggenauk Spiritual Center, and Chair of the Milwaukee Indian Education Board. In 2000, Mrs. Georgianna Ignace served on the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Planning Committee with Sue Thompson. Presently, Mrs. Ignace is the Chair of the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, President of the National Council of Urban Indian Health, and Board Member of the College of Menominee Nation since 2001 and its Chair in 2003. Lastly, Mrs. Ignace is a Presidential appointee to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2003.