Indigenous Leadership to End Violence Panel - Part 2: Indigenous Reproductive and Maternal Justice Work Strengthens Advocacy to End Gender-Based Violence

The overwhelmingly positive response to the previous webinar, โ€œIndigenous Leadership to End Violence from A Womanโ€™s Perspective,โ€ inspired this Part 2 conversation. The panelists will discuss how Indigenous reproductive and maternal rights and justice work are essential to advocacy, ending gender-based violence, and sustaining and strengthening Indigenous communities in colonial spaces. When reproductive and maternal rights are protected, so are community wellness, safety, and accessibility to healthcare. The speakers will draw on their experiences in their fields while engaging in a discussion that highlights the sacredness of birth work, the heart work of Indigenous bodily autonomy, and Indigenous teaching and cultural supports that have grounded their journeys to community healing and story sharing.

About the Speakers:

๐—ฅ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎnt๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ, ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†, Executive Director Founder

Rhonda Lee Grantham is an Indigenous Midwife & Herbalist from the Cowlitz Nation, a Salish-Sahaptian tribe of SW Washington that translates to โ€œSeeker of the Medicine Spirit.โ€ For over two decades, she has been actively catching babies and supporting programs within tribal communities, both at home and globally. As the founder of the Center for Indigenous Midwifery & the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project; she is guided by her lens as a cultural anthropologist and Native woman, along with her passions for global health, family wellness and culturally-centered care. She is honored to share stories, skills, and struggles in dedication of her organization's mission; "Strengthening indigenous communities by honoring & reclaiming Indigenous midwifery care & family support.


๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜‡๐—ผ, ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ดย 

(Mescalero Apache, Laguna Pueblo, Chicana) is a queer parent of two and raises their family in New Mexico. Rachael is the Executive Director of Indigenous Women Rising and loves cats.ย 
Indigenous Women Rising


๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜‡ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ, ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜/ ๐——๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ

Tauz TamuPovi identifies Queer Black and Indigenous. Both she and her teenage daughter reside in their homelands of San Ildefonso Pueblo New Mexico. Tauz works as a Trauma Recovery Specialist, traditional facilitator of healing, perinatal community health worker, certified lactation counselor, and birth attendant, providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support during labor, birth, and postpartum. Tauz incorporates teachings from her family lineage from San Ildefonso Pueblo as well as teachings that have been shown to her through ceremony, prayer, and ancestral knowledge through her Trinidadian and African lineage.