MOHAWK NATION OF AKWESASNE
HOMETOWN: Hogansburg, NY
Madison is an advocate for higher education, raised awareness of Indigenous issues between the United States and Canada, Kanienkeha language advocate, and a Onkwehonwe full spectrum doula. She is the oldest of 13 siblings, and the granddaughter of the last living Mohawk Codetalker, Levi Oakes, and relative of the late activist and leader of the Occupation on Alcatraz, Richard Oakes. As a champion, Madison will focus on the creation of a victims of sexual assault support group, the establishment of a full immersion language school that has teaching certification, and a traditional resource center for adults and those in mourning.