We are excited to provide the following events during this year's Women Are Sacred Conference.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center honors and celebrates amazing Native women that inspire us by providing space in which to feature them. Each of these women have paved the way for our Movement to restore safety for all Native women through their leadership, compassion for, and commitment to Native peoples and Nations, and their endeavor to make our shared world a safe, healthy, and just place to live.
In the stories of these women, as survivors or relatives of survivors of violence, we can find comfort, strength, resilience and hope throughout our healing journeys. The sacredness of these women and their stories, truly embody the concept of Women Are Sacred.
It is our intent that the legacies of these women are honored in this sacred space, and in sharing their stories, that we empower and inspire our relatives. Walking in their footsteps, we are indeed the living legacy of these women.
This wall is interactive space—please feel free to add the story of an inspiring Native woman, or any photos, art, poetry, or other media that you feel honors the teaching that Women Are Sacred. To participate, please bring your items to the conference.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center honors the legacy of Wa Wokiya Win (Tillie Black Bear), Sicangu Lakota, through a biannual award 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.
Our much beloved Tillie, known as the Grandmother of the Movement to End Violence Against Women, played a major leadership role in the work to restore safety for Native women. She believed in the teaching White Buffalo Calf Woman had brought to the Lakota people that even in thought, women are to be respected. Tillie’s steadfast leadership was rooted in the clarity of her beliefs and dedication to Native peoples and women. Her work spanned almost four decades until her passing in 2014. Tillie’s understanding of social change, organizing, movement building, served her well as a leader, an inspiration, a teacher, and a sister-mother-friend-icon.
“Native women have survived, Indian nations have survived, because of our beliefs and teachings.” –Tillie Black Bear
For the Tillie Black Bear Memorial Award, please consider nominating someone that embodies the teachings of Women as Sacred, We are all Relatives, integrity, making connections beyond the shelter doors, and exemplary service. The nominee would embody advocacy in action, or grassroots organizing, or leadership in the movement to restore safety for Native women.
For Women are Sacred (WAS) 2018 we are excited about launching a new initiative, WAS Talks!
WAS Talks provides a unique forum for survivors, advocates, researchers, legal community, social workers, law enforcement, community/family members, child welfare workers, philosophers, community leaders, politicians and tribal leaders to come make a statement, voice your concerns, express your creativity through poetry or staged reading, talk about the future or direction of our movement, the role of advocacy, VAWA reauthorization, historical trauma, domestic violence practices, child welfare issues, sexual violence, missing and murdered, sex trafficking, EVERYTHING!!!
WAS Talks will be video and audio RECORDED during the Women Are Sacred (WAS) Conference and is a project inspired by the national TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading. Our stories hold power in shining light on the issues of violence in our communities. It’s time to talk.