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MARCH 2020

    Celebrating March as Women's History Month Together

    In March, organizations across the country acknowledge the vital role of women in society and history for Women’s History Month. This year, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center looks to the celebration of Women’s History Month as an opportunity to honor and acknowledge Indigenous women who, for generations, tirelessly commit themselves to advocating for the end of violence against Native women and reclaiming the status of women as sacred. Read our spotlight on Women's History Month and find resources plus recommended books by Indigenous women authors.

     

    Founding Member of Mending the Sacred Hoop Tina Olson Retires 

    The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center congratulates Tina Olson (Yaqui) on her recent retirement and recognizes her important contributions to the movement to protect Native women. Tina is known as a strong grassroots advocate, dedicated to ensuring the voices and expertise of Native women who are survivors remain the foundation and guidance for the work to end violence against women and their children. NIWRC honors Tina for her dedication to assisting tribes in program development, implementation, and consultation on developing tribal responses to domestic violence and sexual assault. Read more about Tina's legacy in the movement in NIWRC's spotlight on Women's History Month here.

     

    Submit a Nomination for the 2020 Women Are Sacred Tillie Black Bear Award

    NIWRC honors the legacy of Wa Wokiya Win (Tillie Black Bear), Sicangu Lakota, through a biannual award presented during its Women Are Sacred Conference to recognize outstanding grassroots advocates and direct service providers that exemplify the teachings and dedication Tillie instilled in restoring safety for Native women. The nominee would embody advocacy in action, grassroots organizing, or leadership in the movement to restore safety for Native women. Submit a nomination by May 1, 2020. Don't forget - there's still time to register for WAS at the early bird registration rate of $250 through March 31. Full conference details can be found here.

    Order Now: 'Sexual Violence is NOT our Tradition' Stickers

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April is less than a month away, so be sure to order NIWRC’s 'Sexual Violence is NOT our Tradition' bumper stickers now. These awareness stickers can be used for tabling materials at your next event, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month or utilized in community awareness campaigns throughout the year. Speaking out against sexual violence in our communities and showing support for survivors is central to grassroots organizing. Order bumper stickers here. View all items available for order in the NIWRC store here.

     

    Indigenous Women Recommendations Needed for Community Mosaics by Art Force 5 

    Founded at Alfred University, Art Force 5 travels the country leading community-built mosaic tributes and engaging people in conversation over art. Their latest series is looking to create 19 tributes to women’s empowerment icons. If you are interested in collaborating on this project, suggestions for female Indigenous icons or requests to visit Indigenous communities can be sent to Eliott Houghtelling at eh11@alfred.edu. The mission of Art Force 5 is to inspire creativity over conflict through non-violence workshops and impactful community-based art. More information may be found at artforce5.com.

     

    Register Now - 'Women Are Sacred: Exploring Women's Spirituality from an Indigenous Perspective' Webinar

    This webinar, scheduled for March 18 from 2-3:30 p.m., will provide a rare opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacredness of women. Especially, in the face of the impact of colonization and modern day levels of violence against native women, how do we, as indigenous women, experience, understand, nurture and protect our sacredness? What are some of our traditional practices and teachings that can help us embrace indigenous women’s spirituality to decolonize, help each other heal and revitalize our sacredness? Presenters include Cheryl Neskahi Coan, Amanda Takes War Bonnett, Rose “Loke” Pettigrew, Lenora “Lynne” Hootch. Register for the webinar here.

     

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