2019 Summer-From the Executive Director

We, at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, enter the summer after a successful awareness campaign for May 5th the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Along with the #WhyWeWearRed media coalition collaborations, NIWRC provided a free webinar, special collections listing, weekly MMIW policy updates, testimony for the March 14th Subcommittee Hearing “Unmasking the Hidden Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women: Exploring Solutions to End the Cycle of Violence”, and interviewed on Native America Calling’s May 6th show.

In this 2019 Summer edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors e-newsletter, you will find: a warm welcome to new staff Elizabeth Carr, NIWRC’s new Senior Native Affairs Advisor; congratulations to NIWRC on receiving the 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award and our website being selected to archive on the Library of Congress digital archives; Summer Awareness Months and upcoming resources; an update from the StrongHearts Native Helpline; a guest post from Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell of the NIWRC Speaker’s Bureau; a recap of the May 5th National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls; the Sovereignty bracelet sales with partial proceeds going to NIWRC; and part 2 of the Pixel Project inspirational interview with NIWRC’s former Senior Native Affairs Advisor, Caroline LaPorte.

In the Featured Art section, we share the “Missing You” music video by Joanne Shenandoah. Grammy Award Recipient Joanne Shenandoah released her new video on May 5, 2019 as part of an international movement to draw attention to the thousands of missing and murdered Native women in the US and Canada. Shenandoah’s song “Missing You” now available on You Tube includes Loren Barrigar- guitarist, Brian Michaels-cello, and Patrick McDougal engineer. It is dedicated to Leah Shenandoah, Joanne’s daughter, also a victim of violence. 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.

Lucy Rain Simpson
Executive Director, NIWRC