Candidate profile: Sandy Sinclair has deep roots in her community
My name is Sandra "Sandy" M. St. Clair. I am the eldest daughter of Beverly (St. Clair) Johnson and Clifford Warren, my grandparents were Fred and Fannie (McDonald) St. Clair and Clifford and Dora (McDougall) Warren. I am the mother of Kimberly, grandmother to Lawrence, great-aunt to Aaliyah, the eldest of my siblings, and an auntie to many nieces and nephews. My family has always been my greatest strength.
In 1977, I graduated from Detroit Lakes High School, and later attended AIOIC (American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center) and the University of Minnesota, earning several certificates, including one in vocational counseling.
I received other training as a certified flagger trainer for MN/DOT and a notary public. I am currently employed with the White Earth RTC TERO Office-Admin Asst./Compliance Officer and have been for over 15 years.
Throughout my life, I have been employed in a variety of positions, from weatherization, tribal police dispatcher, administrative assistant, job developer to case manager.
Most of these have been in service of American Indians focused on self-sufficiency in employment/training opportunities for single parents, unemployed and underemployed. I have been employed through different agencies in Minneapolis: American Indian OIC, WINGS South-Multi Resource Centers (Women in New Growth and Success — a pilot program of MFIP/ MN Family Investment Program) and American Indian Financial Aide/Vocational Advisor for Minneapolis Technical College.I have worked my way up in many positions.
In addition to my full-time work, I enjoy volunteering in my White Earth community and on the Mother's Day Pow Wow Committees. I enjoy attending powwows, reading books on mysteries and history — especially on treaties, Federal Acts, statutes, or any type of tribal history — and listening to music.
I am a strong problem solver and referral resource, an advocate for elders, youth and community members. Let's work on solving the things that have become barriers, work together without laying blame, move forward as a Nation, learn from the past, and encourage all our members to join together and share their ideas and to assist with the growth and economic success of White Earth for all our people.
I know we can live and survive anything with inner strength and determination.
Once I decided to enter my name for the position of chairperson, I have been gifted with numerous ideas from community members and friends. I choose not to make empty promises. I encourage all of our tribal members to work together and treat each other with respect and kindness.
My favorite quote: "There is a longing in the heart of my people to reach out and grasp that which is needed for our survival. There is a longing among the young of my nation to secure for themselves and their people the skills that will provide them with a sense of worth and purpose. They will be our new warriors. Their training will be much longer and more demanding than it was in the olden days. The long years of study will demand more determination, separation from home and family will demand endurance. But they will merge with their hand held forward, not to receive welfare, but to grasp the place in society that is rightly ours..." — Chief Dan George of the coastal Salish Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia, Canada