How to nurture tribal women leaders? Through innovation

Education is always an important component to empowerment, but there is a catch-22 of education initiatives for tribal women when there aren’t enough jobs on the reservation or in nearby communities.

“Many women don’t want to go off the reservation because they find that their community is their support system,” Carlette Randall, senior Native American specialist for JBS International, told Devex in a video interview.

Even if a woman does decide to pursue work or education elsewhere in the state, there are other economic factors currently playing a role in South Dakota that might make life more difficult for someone trying to start her career.

Click on the video below for more of Randall's insights on how innovation — including unique entrepreneurship opportunities — is key to empowering women in tribal communities.

Kelli Rogers, Devex assistant editor interviews Carlette Randall, senior Native American specialist for JBS International.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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