Restoring the Integrity and Status of Women as Sacred: An Advocate Panel Discussion

Webinar recording.

This webinar provides an opportunity to challenge each other to think about how colonized thinking, and subsequent internalized oppression impacts us as advocates.

How can our Indigenous beliefs inform our advocacy? What does it mean to re-Indigenize our relationships with survivors and the way we do advocacy? This conversation will help us examine if our practices are consistent with our Indigenous beliefs and lifeways, and how to make positive change. This supports our work restoring the integrity and status of women as sacred.

About the Panelist

Karen Artichoker is a citizen/member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and is very proud also of her HoChunk roots. She worked for many years with the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault assisting Tribes in developing domestic violence shelters and system response. She is a founding mother and former Management Team Director for Cangleska, Inc., a domestic violence/sexual assault program that operated for over a dozen years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. After leaving Cangleska, Ms. Artichoker updated her work experience in the fields of addiction and mental health. She also completed the coursework and hour requirements for addiction counselor certification and has been attending graduate school to obtain a degree in Clinical Mental Health.

Her career and life passion has been focused on ending violence against native women and developing opportunities that will enable and support native Peoples and Tribes in reclaiming the best of who we are individually and collectively.