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Victoria Sweet

A woman with long, rectangular silver earrings smiling, in front an area with rainbow flags.Victoria Sweet serves as a program officer for Indigenous Communities.

Victoria has been actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of Indigenous communities for the past fifteen years. Originally from Minnesota, Victoria is a descendant of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Her community efforts to address violence against Native women and girls led her to attend law school at Michigan State University College of Law where she earned a certificate in Indigenous Law and Policy. Victoria researched the links between climate change, extractive industry development, and human security risks for Indigenous women and girls in the circumpolar Arctic and has been invited to speak on these topics in Finland, Iceland, Canada and around the U.S. She has published articles raising awareness about these connections in both domestic and international journals.

Prior to joining NoVo she worked with The Whitener Group, traveling to rural Alaska Native villages providing tribal court assessments and assisting with justice system development. She also served for four years as a Senior Program Attorney at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges where she created technical assistance materials and trained both state and tribal court judges on a variety of issues including domestic child sex trafficking, violence against Native women and girls, and Indian Child Welfare Act compliance. Victoria is a member of the Minnesota State Bar and serves on a number of advisory boards and initiatives for organizations working to create systemic changes to improve the lives of Native children, families, and survivors of violence and exploitation. In her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, rock climb, listen to live music, travel, and have adventures.

“When you know who you are; when your mission is clear, and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose. You know that you are alive.” — Chief Seattle