We at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center are humbled and grateful to continue our work to provide culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy to end gender-based violence in indigenous communities and to support tribal sovereignty. Recently, we issued a statement and offered our prayers for the family and friends of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Savanna’s murder, along with the countless other murdered and missing Native women and girls, is a painful reminder of the epidemic levels of violence facing Native women in this country. Although the heartache for Savanna’s family is unbearable, we take solace in learning that baby Haisley has been reunited with her father. In this edition, we share the advocacy efforts from guest contributor Marisa Miakonda Cummings, an UmoNhoN and Sioux City community member and organizer of a prayer group for Savanna and all missing and murdered women and girls.
In this 2017 Fall edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors e-newsletter, you will also find: a proud congratulation to our StrongHearts sister, Mallory Black, on winning four Native American Journalists Association Awards, an update on the StrongHearts Native Helpline, upcoming fall awareness months activities and calendar including October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a congratulations to our sisters in the work who won Native American 40 Under 40 awards, a highlight listing of some our recent resources now available, an update from our youth program NativeLove, a wellness circle post on creative self-care, highlights from the journalism workshop “Covering Violence Against Native Women And Children” and an important save the date for our upcoming 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
In the Featured Art section, Caroline LaPorte, Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor for NIWRC, shares her experience screening the feature film Wind River in Washington D.C. The film hit theaters this past August, and a special screening took place on August 8th for the National Congress of American Indians. 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, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and grandmother, as well as each man, brother, father and son, for their continued support of the movement to end domestic violence and for making NIWRC the valuable organization it is today. We look forward to traversing this new landscape together and to the enhanced advocacy that arises.
Lucy Rain Simpson
Executive Director, NIWRC