Courtesy Liz Charlebois
Liz Charlebois, chair of the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs.

Chair Liz Charlebois: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Dennis Zotigh

How did your life experience prepare you to lead?

I never planned to be a leader. I have tried to carry myself in a good and honorable way. I have been involved in my community from a very young age. As a younger woman, I sat on several executive boards for nonprofit organizations. All of these things combined led people to put my name forward as someone who would work to make things better for the people in my community.

Who inspired you as a mentor? 

I come from a family of strong women. My mother has always been a role model for me. Her path has not been an easy one, but she perseveres, and does so with grace.

Are you a descendant of a historical leader?


Where is your home community located? Where are your people originally from?

I am Missisquoi Abenaki. My home community is from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but my tribal headquarters is Swanton, Vermont. Historically, my people are from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Quebec.

To read the full interview, visit the NMAI series here.


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