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Donovan Holmes

Donovan Holmes is a two-spirit member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Spirit Lake Band of Sioux. At the age of two, Holmes was relinquished to the foster care system and eventually returned to extended family through ICWA services. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Holmes continues to work with the Native American community of the Twin Cities area. He works at the Division of Indian Work as a youth educator and cultural consultant. Previously very active in the foster advocacy scene, she currently focuses on Indigenous activism and encourages youth to do the same. He is a Dean’s list student at Augsburg University and a member of the Augsburg Family Scholars. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and urban studies, with a minor in American Indian studies by 2026. Holmes’s story as a Native foster youth that struggled with homelessness and transformed into success and perseverance is not uncommon, but not nearly common enough. She hopes to continue his work with the Indigenous community and the foster care system in an effort to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous youth in foster care, and healing Indigenous families.