2018 Fall-From the Executive Director

We at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center have been busy bees this summer! We’ve been able to wind down a bit after our successful and well attended Women Are Sacred Conference in Albuquerque, NM in June. This September we watch to see if the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will be reauthorized this year.  Please read our policy post and share VAWA action cards, featuring the NIWRC Board and NCAI Task Force Co-Chairs on VAW, on your social media. We also excited to share the good news that NativeLove, NIWRC’s Youth program, has been refunded another year by Verizon! Keep a lookout for some youth-centered resources this next year from the NativeLove team.

In this 2018 Fall edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors e-newsletter, you will find: a recap from the Women Are Sacred Conference in Albuquerque, information on upcoming fall awareness month activities, job postings from our sister organization StrongHearts Native Helpline, a wellness circle post “The Beauty of Bravery”, awareness updates for VAWA & MMIW, and a special spotlight at our Allies in Action with Michelle Demmert (of NIWRC’s Speakers Bureau, Shawn Partridge (of Muscogee Creek Nation Family Violence Prevention Program), Erica Tremblay filmmaking work and the passing of the late Ruth Oja (Victims’ Advocate for more than 27 years).

In the Featured Art section, we share documentary short “Indigenous Resilience in Montana”, by the Carnegie-Knight News21 journalism program. Nicole Walksalong knew something happened to her mother when a police officer showed up at her door. Are Native Women targeted for their race? Is resilience passed down through generations? The Featured Art section is where we share art forms as a means of social change including new documentaries or films, art exhibits and positive/uplifting projects connecting to preventing and healing from domestic or family violence. Suggestions welcome.

We would like to thank each advocate, each mother, each sister, each aunt, each daughter, each grandmother, and all the men who continue to support the movement to end domestic violence and for making NIWRC the valuable organization it is today.

Lucy Rain Simpson
Executive Director, NIWRC