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MASON -- Senate Democratic Leader Janet Bewley (D-Mason) recently nominated Midge Montano of Red Cliff to be featured by the Wisconsin 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Committee’s Women Who Inspire initiative.

Montano was nominated by State Senator Janet Bewley for being a woman of quiet power and humility, with a strong commitment to serving her community. Throughout her childhood, Montano experienced more than her fair share of challenging events. She developed resilience, a depth of compassion, and a tireless resolve to help others that has followed her throughout her life and work. Montano is a Tribal Member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and her feature will run from August 26 – September 2, 2020.

Midge’s career in social work began with convening a women’s group in Red Cliff, the Ojibwe community north of Bayfield, and was an early founder of Northwoods Women, Inc., to address domestic abuse in northern Wisconsin. She begins her journey to help people by listening to their stories. Drawing on her own resilience, she opens herself to each person’s individual pain, giving them unconditional love, and walking with them into healthy lives.

“For Midge Montano, the desire to help people is a daily charge and a way of life,” said Sen. Bewley. “Working at a women's shelter helping native families, establishing restorative justice programs for juvenile offenders, and serving as Court Magistrate - sometimes simultaneously - paints a picture of a deep-thinking, creative soul who will leave no stone unturned to help another.”

To learn more about the Women Who Inspire initiative and see Midge Montano’s full feature, visit the Committee’s website at:

Last Update: Aug 27, 2020 11:46 am CDT

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