In celebration of February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month we’d like to share the story of Danelle Smith.
Smith has carved out an amazing career as an attorney against seemingly impossible odds. A member of the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Tribe of Nebraska, Smith became pregnant as a teenager and decided to go to tribal college, sometimes taking her baby to class with her. She raised her three boys as a single mother while continuing her education, eventually earning a law degree. Fueled by passion for her family and a drive to succeed no matter what, she’s living proof that you don’t have to leave home to find success.
- READ more about Smith, Danelle Smith uses the Law to Fight for her People, from the Native Daughters Journalism Project.
- WATCH a webinar by NIWRC-“Native Teens: Meeting Them Where They Are & Promoting Their Leadership” (This webinar focuses on efforts to engage Native youth in becoming part of the solution to ending violence in their communities.)
- Contact Communications Officer Princella RedCorn at [email protected] to suggest featured art from your community!