From the Executive Director…

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is excited to unveil our new mobile-device friendly WEBSITE in time for spring! Be sure to explore our new page for resources to aid in your journey to end violence against Native women. In April, the NIWRC staff and board met up for future planning meetings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We took a selfie after a delicious dinner at the Tallgrass Prairie Table with #StrongHearts!

This 2016 Spring Edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors newsletter includes: a welcome to our new Research & Evaluation Specialist Kelly Hallman, updates on our NativeLove youth challenge winners, spring awareness months coming up and guest contributors Jennifer Himel (Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona) writing about her UNite to End Violence: Native Women’s Empowerment grass-roots organization and Cindy Lynn (Cayuga Nation) from our Speaker Bureau, providing some indigenous healing for survivors, as apart of June’s PTSD Awareness Month!

In the new Featured Art section Lady Gaga gives a powerful performance raising sexual assault awareness at the Academy Awards. If you have an idea for the Featured Art section to the newsletter, we share art forms as a means of social change including; new documentaries or films, art exhibits and positive/uplifting projects connecting to domestic or family violence. Suggestions welcome!

As always, we are grateful to be a part of our shared continued work in such a robust and fulfilling movement.

Lucy Rain Simpson

Executive Director, NIWRC