Operation Firefly: Bringing Our Relatives Home

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe was one of the first tribes in the country selected to participate in the Defending Childhood Initiative, raising awareness about children’s exposure to violence. A youth group, born out of this initiative, visited the Carlisle Indian School several years ago. They were shocked to see Sicangu names on some of the headstones in the cemetery. They wanted to bring their relatives home and thus began a long journey of repatriation to identify, remove and re-bury the remains of at least 10 Native American children who died more than a century ago at Carlisle Indian school. Carlisle is a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania whose mission was to strip the students from their traditions and replace them with European culture. Please join this important webinar presentation by advocates from the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) and members of the WBCWS youth group as they share their powerful story, a story that speaks to the roots of violence, especially intimate partner violence, in our communities and the strength, courage and vision of our youth in promoting health and healing. [The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) shelter in Mission SD provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. WBCWS is one of the oldest tribal domestic violence programs in the country.]

Presented by Sunrise Black Bull & LeToy Lunderman, Advocates WBCS, members of the youth group and will be facilitated by Gwendolyn Packard, NIWRC Training & Technical Assistance Specialist.