ECWS 2022 Executive Council Winter Session
Welcome to ECWS 2022


Native American Leadership Award
This award recognizes a Native individual who has helped transform Indian Country through their efforts and long term commitment and whose leadership and work benefits and influences at the national level.
President Shannon Holsey - Native American Leadership Award
President Shannon Holsey

Shannon Holsey currently serves as the Treasurer of the National Congress of American Indians and as President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Shannon has served multiple terms as President of her Nation, following eight years as a member of the Tribal Council. President Holsey grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in Bowler, Wisconsin, and has committed the Tribe to serving as good stewards of its economic, environmental, intellectual, and cultural resources.

Congressional Leadership Award
This award is to recognize those individuals who are elected to the United States Congress who have demonstrated leadership and are champions on issues important to tribal nations.
Raúl Grijalva - Congressional Leadership Award
Raúl Grijalva

Raúl Grijalva began his career in public service as a community organizer in Tucson. Four decades later, he continues to be an advocate for those in need and a voice for the constituents of his home community. From 1974 to 1986, Raúl served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, including six years as Chairman. In 1988, he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he served for the next 15 years, chairing the Board for two of those years. Raúl resigned his seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2002 to seek office in Arizona’s newly created Seventh Congressional District. Raúl was elected with a 20-point victory, thanks to a diverse coalition of supporters that led the largest volunteer-driven election effort in Arizona.

Throughout his career, Raúl has always fought for underrepresented voices. The passions that drove him as a School Board member decades ago are the same passions that drive him today as he fights to reform our broken immigration system, ensure livable wages for American workers, and create vital land protections to safeguard our nation’s natural treasures for the next generation.

In 2018, Raúl became Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Special Recognition Award
This occasional award recognizes significant lifetime achievement on behalf of Indian Country.
Frank Ettawageshik - Special Recognition Award
Frank Ettawageshik

Frank Ettawageshik lives in Harbor Springs, Michigan, with his wife Rochelle. He served in tribal elected office for sixteen years, fourteen as the Tribal Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs, Michigan. During his tenure as Tribal Chairman, he was instrumental in the adoption of the Tribal and First Nations Great Lakes Water Accord in 2004 and the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty in 2007. Recently, he was appointed a Tribal Court Appellate Justice for his tribe.

Since 2009, Frank has been serving as the Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan. He also serves on the board for the Association on American Indian Affairs, the Michigan Water Use Advisory Council, the Great Lakes Advisory Board for the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission. In 2017, he was appointed to the Environmental Justice Working Group by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Internationally, he has represented the National Congress of American Indians at several meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2015 to 2021, the latest being held in Glasgow, Scotland. He has also participated in meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.