(The ACLU of Montana is) honored to present the 2018 awards to civil liberties champions - Judith Heilman, Carol Juneau, and Denise Juneau.
Judith Heiman – For her commitment to racial equity and justice in Montana. For her unwavering dedication to working alongside others to further these goals.
Judith Heilman is the founder and Executive Director of the Montana Racial Equity Project. MT REP works for racial equity and justice in Montana through education, training, and advocacy. Over the last two years, Judith's work with MT REP has filled an important need in Montana and Judith has become an indispensable ally.
Carol and Denise Juneau – For their many years of work toward racial justice and civil liberties, particularly in the field of education equity. For inspiring a generation of organizers, advocates, and elected officials in Montana.
Carol Juneau served in the Montana Legislature from 1998 - 2012 and was instrumental in the passage of Indian Education for All in 1999 and subsequent efforts to fund and defend the program. Denise Juneau served as Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2009 - 2017 and was the first American Indian woman elected to statewide office in Montana.
The Jeannette Rankin Civil Liberties Award acknowledges individuals and organizations who demonstrate the strength of character and commitment to principles exemplified by Jeannette Rankin-ACLU's first vice president in the 1920's-and embodied in ACLU's mission and vision.