PBPN Attend YWCA Leadership Luncheon

May 10, 2012 –

MAYETTA:  Heather “Shum-Na-Bo” Heim, was named as one of ten high school women selected as a 2012 Future Leader at the YWCA 24th Annual Leadership Luncheon held yesterday in Topeka.  Heim, who is from a PBPN family, graduated at the top of her class from Hope Street Academy with a 3.98/4.00 GPA.  A profile that listed her accomplishments in the banquet’s program said that she is extremely proud of her Native American heritage and that she was a member of the Indian Education Advisory Council with the Topeka Public School system.

Members of the PBPN Charitable Contributions Committee also attended the luncheon that featured Jenna Bush Hager, a former First Daughter, who is also the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation and a NBC News correspondent.  Bush Hager met with Heim and the other 2012 Future Leaders at a gathering before the luncheon began.

Below are some photos taken at the event:

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Heather “Shum-Na-Bo” Heim (far right) with her Grandmother Myra Matchie (far left) and Aunt Ruta Mendez (center).  Standing in the back is Mary Carr who is on the Charitable Contributions Committee.


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(Left) Jenna Bush Hager and Melissa Brunner, WIBW-TV 13 news anchor, who was the mistress of ceremonies.

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Heather (fourth from left) being recognized with the other Future Leaders.  Heather plans to enter Haskell Indian Nations University this fall and major in environmental sciences. 

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(Left to right) is Tracy Martin, Wanda Treinen, and Mary Carr who attended the event.  The Charitable Contributions Committee recently gave $1,000 to the YWCA and has  actively supported the organization in the past.  The PBPN also gave $1,500 to the Topeka #501 Public Schools Indian Education Program that will be used for this summer’s program scheduled for June 4-8.  The PBPN contribution will help fund art supplies and transportation costs for students during the week.

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(Left to right) Terry Manuel and Shawna Wabaunsee attended the luncheon yesterday. Both women work in the Human Resources Department at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort.