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This profile was last updated on 6/14/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Rochelle Ripley

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Employment History

  • Community Services Director
    United Labor Agency
  • Statewide Spokesperson for Five Years
    CT Commission on Children

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Hawk Wing
  • Founding Member
    CT Commission on Children


  • Bachelor's Degree , Psychology and Political Science
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Web References
Last Friday, two speakers came to ..., 14 June 2012 [cached]
Last Friday, two speakers came to Hall who helped make Dzialo's case: Rochelle Ripley, a Glastonbury resident of Blackfoot Lakota heritage who founded the educational nonprofit group Hawkwing, and Stephen Pevar, a Hall parent whose book, "The Rights of Indians and Tribes," includes a section on the longstanding divisiveness and racial stereotyping of Indian sports mascots.
Granby Education Foundation Grants, 1 Oct 2007 [cached]
~ In an effort to raise awareness of Native American culture through storytelling, drumming and singing, Sue Bush, a second grade teacher at Kearns and Linda Betsch, room parent, received $400 to bring Rochelle Ripley to visit and perform for all of the second grade students at the school.
Ms. Ripley is the founder of Hawkwing, Inc., a Native American non-profit organization developed to raise awareness of the Lakota Indians of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
Mahila News about Nepal, Jewelry and Mahila Jewelry programs, 1 Dec 2004 [cached]
Hawk Wing was started by Rochelle Ripley, herself a Native American Indian.Rochelle runs two programs: the first for children and the second for the elderly.
For the past 5 years, Rochelle and a large number of friends have been helping children celebrate Christmas by sending truckloads of much needed items to the Lakota on reservations in South Dakota.Each child gets one toy, a book and necessities such as bathroom products, gloves and warm hats.Her second project is buying beds for the elderly.She reported an elder telling her how wonderful it was to have his first bed in over eighty years of life.
RADIO | Universal Flag, 17 May 2011 [cached]
A Conversation with Rochelle Ripley
Rochelle has nearly 40 Years experience in the fields of prevention and human services. In the late 1970s, she trained with Bill Lofquist (Associates for Youth Development) and David Hawkins (Social Learning Theory) as part of the Connecticut Task Force on Positive Youth Development. This framed her lifelong approach to prevention and personal and community development: creating positive models of inclusion. Rochelle's philosophy is that individuals, families and communities make their own best decisions when given valid information, empowerment skills and adequate resources.
Rochelle founded hawkwing in 1996 as a Native American non-profit agency. With permission from her Elders, she is a Native Storyteller and teacher of Medicine Wheel wisdom for personal development. Through hawkwing, Rochelle is fulfilling a promise to her Lakota Grandmother "to go home and help the people."
Prior to her work with hawkwing, Rochelle directed ERASE, a fifteen town substance abuse prevention agency from 1990 to 2003; had lengthy involvement in local, state and national politics; served as Community Services Director for the United Labor Agency from 1981 to 1990; was a founding member of the CT Commission on Children by appointment of Governor O'Neill; wrote the original treatise for and helped found MATCH (a coalition dedicated to smoking prevention and reduction) and served as their statewide spokesperson for five years.
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New Haven officials said students there ... [cached]
New Haven officials said students there learned about the reservation's needs through Hawkwing, a nonprofit agency founded by Rochelle Ripley, a Connecticut woman with Lakota roots who started the organization to promote cultural exchanges between New England agencies and the Cheyenne River tribe.
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