NIWRC Congratulations & Welcome to New Staff

The NIWRC Receives the Prestigious 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award!

Oklahoma City, OK- The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) was honored to receive the 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma, at their Annual Meeting and reception, held at the Midwest City Library on Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

“The ACLU of Oklahoma is honored to present the 2018 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award to the NIWRC in recognition of their pursuit to protect women, especially indigenous women.” Said Sarah Adams-Cornell, Choctaw, Vice President, ACLU Board of Directors. “Much like the award namesake, NIWRC’s resolute advocacy to make known and change disparities impacting indigenous people, including VAWA is a gold standard. The empowerment provided to our indigenous women through NIWRC resources and trainings can be felt throughout Indian Country.”

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NIWRC Welcomes Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor!

“NIWRC is excited and welcomes Elizabeth Carr as our new Senior Native Affairs Advisor to be based in Washington.Elizabeth brings over a decade of experience and expertise in national policy and programming efforts with American Indian tribes and tribal-federal relations.”—Lucy Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC

Elizabeth Carr most recently served as the Associate Director for Tribal Affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  While at USHHS she was responsible for providing expert analysis, advice, and guidance to senior and political leadership on policy, regulatory and legislative issues that have a significant and direct impact on tribal governments and tribal organizations administering HHS programs. She brings to NIWRC extensive knowledge in managing and improving federal-tribal relations and experience dedicated to the analysis, development, and implementation of federal policy related to tribal governments.

The NIWRC is engaged in on-going national strategic policy and legislative reform efforts to enhance the sovereign authority of Indian nations to protect Native women.  Elizabeth Carr’s experience and expertise will significantly contribute to the national public policy and educational efforts of NIWRC. It is perfect timing for Elizbeth Carr to join NIWRC as preparations for the 2019 VAWA mandated annual consultation are underway. Ms. Carr brings to NIWRC nearly ten years of experience in the implementation of Federal Executive Order 13175 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments and carrying out consultation responsibilities to ensure that the consultation process is meaningful and offers tribal governments the opportunity to provide timely input.

“I am excited to begin working at NIWRC during this very pivotal time.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to continue working on tribal issues and one as important as protecting Native women.”—Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, NIWRC

Elizabeth is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Washington.

NIWRC Website Selected for Inclusion in the Library of Congress

The United States Library of Congress has selected the NIWRC website for inclusion in the Library’s historic collection of Internet materials related to the Women’s and Gender Studies Web Archive. “It is a great honor to be included in this important collection and this historical record,” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC. “Internet materials on issues addressing violence against Native women is limited and on specific aspects not available.”

The Library of Congress preserves important cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites. The Library’s web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as a powerful medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were “born digital” and never printed on paper.

“It is amazing the speed and quantity of information passing through NIWRC’s website, social media and communication’s systems,” said Princella RedCorn, Communication’s Officer, NIWRC. “The content is historical in nature as NIWRC continues the national reform efforts and organizing required to increase safety for Native women. It’s great to know this information and work will be preserved for future generations.”

The Library of Congress will start archiving in June and use the URL and other portions of NIWRC’s website, including public content that NIWRC’s page links to third party sites such as Facebook, YouTube, etc. The Library of Congress will engage in the collection of material from NIWRC’s website at regular intervals and may include it in future collections beyond the Women’s and Gender Studies Web Archive. The Library will make this collection available to researchers at Library facilities and by special arrangement. The Library may also make the collection available more broadly by hosting the collection on the Library’s public access website.

“We are excited the Library of Congress will preserve NIWRC’s Internet materials,” said Tang Cheam, Director of Information and Technology, NIWRC. “The Indigenous peoples, the general public, and researchers from across the world will now have access to NIWRC’s important body of written, audio, and video materials.”

Contents of the web archive won’t be available for research on the Library of Congress website until June or July of 2020. Check here for more information;

Congratulations to Sarah Deer on being inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame!

“Sarah Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, and as a lawyer and advocate, she has worked to end violence against women, with her scholarship and public policy work often focusing on indigenous women, according to a news release from the hall of fame.

She is being recognized in particular for her work that led to the passage of federal laws, including the Violence Against Women Act and the Tribal Law and Order Act, as well as her advocacy around issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in indigenous communities, according to a release from KU. Deer was previously named as a prestigious MacArthur Fellow in 2014.”

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