2018 Spring-From the Executive Director…

We at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center have been organizing and preparing for the 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference this June 26th-28th, in Albuquerque, New Mexico! The Women Are Sacred Conference is one of the oldest and largest gatherings of advocates, survivors, tribal domestic and sexual violence programs, tribal community members, tribal leadership, law enforcement and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and children. Be sure to get signed up for the early bird registration (Before April 1st) and explore our Conference webpage for updates, hotel and travel information, and conference events and vendor/exhibitor information. Please consider bringing items to the Conference to contribute to the Wall Honoring Our Grandmothers, nominating a leader in your community for the Tillie Black Bear Memorial Award and signing up for WAS Talks, a new initiative inspired by the national TED Talks format- a forum to share our stories, life voices and end the violence!

In this 2018 Spring edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors e-newsletter, you will find: updates from the NativeLove Youth program’s activities during February teen dating violence awareness month, a highlight on Sarah Deer in NIWRC’s Speaker’s Bureau, NIWRC’s Safety for Native Women events in Washington, a wellness circle post on “Finding Healing in Helping”, and information on upcoming spring awareness months activities and calendar for Women’s History Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and May 5th National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

In the Featured Art section, we share This River Runs Red, a Cherokee style single-weave basket by artist Shan Goshorn. This piece was created to point to statistics of today’s disproportionately higher rate of violence toward Native women and also to humanize women who have lost their lives. The Red River, which runs from Winnipeg, Canada to northern South Dakota, has become known as a place where the bodies of women are regularly recovered making its name (Red River) heartbreakingly fitting. 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, each man, and each child for their continued support of the movement to end domestic violence and for making NIWRC the valuable organization it is today.

Lucy Rain Simpson
Executive Director, NIWRC