2018 Winter-From the Executive Director

We at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center want to wish all our relatives a happy holiday season! As we track national policy efforts on the 2018 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and other legislation impacting safety for Native women, we acknowledge all the tribal, federal, state and VAW partners and allies who contributed to this life-saving work.

In this 2018 Winter edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors e-newsletter, you will find: 2018-2019 Winter Awareness Months coming up (including the release of a new resource on Sex Trafficking), an update from the StrongHearts Native Helpline, an article by Karen Artichoker from NIWRC’s Speaker Bureau, updates on issues related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and a wellness circle article for survivors and advocates.

In the Featured Art section, we share a song from The Reds and Blues called Missing.  The Reds and Blues is an all Native rock/blues trio from Lawrence, KS and their song is dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women. 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. As we wrap up 2018, let’s join our resources and efforts to ensure safety for all Native women and children in the upcoming new year.

Lucy Rain Simpson
Executive Director, NIWRC