NIWRC Congratulates Recipients of the Native American 40 Under 40 Award!

Deleana OtherBull receiving her 40 Under 40 Award with Margo Gray.

Deleana OtherBull, Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) Executive Director, has received a Native American 40 Under 40 award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED).

The prestigious award was created in 2008 to acknowledge emerging Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation members between the ages of 18 and 39 who demonstrate leadership, initiative, dedication and achieved significant contributions in business and Native communities throughout North America.

After becoming executive director in November 2014, OtherBull (Crow and Northern Cheyenne) increased the Coalition’s operating budget from about $240,000 to $700,000. She also diversified funding, reducing CSVANW’s reliance on a sole federal source and supplementing it with grants from private foundations and corporations, as well as individual donors. Staffing and programming has also increased under OtherBull’s leadership.

Congrats Deleana!

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Erica Tremblay receiving her 40 Under 40 Award with Margo Gray.

Erica Tremblay, Seneca-Cayuga Nation, is a filmmaker, the co-founder of Homespun Pictures and the Director of Video at the Bustle Digital Group. She has also received a Native American 40 Under 40 award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED). Her films have been featured on PBS, the Independent Film Channel, ELLE Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Over the past three years Erica has worked with a number of organizations to document the fight to end violence against indigenous women. In 2015, she worked with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and FORCE to document the Quilt Walk for Justice held in front of the Supreme Court to protest the Dollar General VS Mississippi Choctaw case, titled “Ending the Violence, Organizing for Safety.” In 2016, Erica worked with Wica Agli and White Buffalo Calf Woman Society to document a program on the Rosebud Reservation using traditional teachings to rehabilitate domestic violence perpetrators. Currently, Erica is working with the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition to document missing and murdered indigenous women in Alaska.

Erica’s most recent feature-length film, In the Turn, received numerous awards including Best Feature Film and Best Documentary at several film festivals and secured international distribution. She has been featured on CNN and Vice and was recently named a “Woman You Should Know” by WYSK.com.

Congrats Erica!