Spotlight: Allies in Action


The Department of Justice recognized Shawn Partridge, Director of the Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, with the National Crime Victim Service Award. This honor is awarded to individuals or programs for exceptional service to victims of crime. She was honored during the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards ceremony on April 13th, 2018  in Washington, D.C.

“The work that we’re doing here is tremendous with a group of strong women and men, who are responsible for our success out of everything we’re doing,” Partridge said. “So, they’ll need to be included and I look at it more as a recognition for our program as a whole.” Partridge was nominated for the program’s work and her efforts to provide services and support to not only Native victims, but non-Native victims, as well. Read more here.

WATCH: Office for Victims of Crime video on Shawn Partridge


Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga) was selected for Sundance’s 2018 Native Filmmakers Lab! As a documentary filmmaker and activist based in New York City, her projects have screened at numerous film festivals and her work has been featured on PBS and CNN. Tremblay’s films explore topics including violence against Indigenous women, restorative justice and issues impacting the two-spirit community. She has worked with many grassroots organizations, including the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Wica Agli and the Monument Quilt Project. In 2016, Tremblay was awarded a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship and she was recently honored as a 40 Under 40 Native American

During the Lab, Fellows work with a cast, crew, and supervising producer to shoot workshop versions of scenes from their short films under the expert creative mentorship of Program alumni and other established industry professionals and Program staff. The Lab encourages Fellows to hone their storytelling and technical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment. After the Lab they will receive targeted support from supervising producers, grants to fund the production of their short films and will attend the annual Native Forum at the January 2019 Sundance Film Festival for ongoing support on their projects. Read more here.


Ruth Oja — Ruth May Oja, 63, of Norway, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

She was born on Nov. 30, 1954, in Ishpeming, the daughter of Arleen (Pearce) and the late William Spencer Felt.

Ruth graduated from National Mine High School in 1972 and attended Northern Michigan University.

She was a victim’s advocate for more than 27 years, working for the Caring House, Delta County Alliance, and has been running the program at Hannahville Potawatomi Indian Community for more than 20 years. Her efforts have helped rebuild and empower countless women, helping them escape domestic violence situations.