2nd Annual Sharing of Stories: Increasing Visibility of MMIW
The event was hosted by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Victim Services Program MODERATOR/ Eugene BigSoldier
OPENING PRAYER/ Olivia Buffalohead, Language Assistant
OPENING REMARKS/John Shotton, Chairman, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians
REMARKS BY/Michael N. Gawhega, Executive Director of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians
KEYNOTE SPEAKER/ Renee Bourque, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Program Manager, Tribal Resource Tool, National Center for Victims of Crime. In her address, Renee discussed resources for victims of crime. She has over 15 years of experience dealing with victims of crime in Indian Country, working on several different reservations including Oklahoma’s complex checkerboard jurisdiction. She has extensive knowledge and experience of assisting victims of violent crime, with an emphasis on crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; in tribal, state, and Federal court settings. Renee’s experience as an advocate and law enforcement officer, provides a unique perspective on systems response in addressing victim’s needs. She uses her experience and perspective to raise awareness of the unique issues facing victims in Indian country.
SPECIAL MOMENT TO HONOR COLLECTIVE VOICES • Wolf Songs, Social Dance (Mike Gawhega, Little Bear Littlecook) • Otoe-Missouria Words of Hope and Support
CLOSING PRAYER/ Kennetha Greenwood, Language Facilitator - Otoe-Missouria Language Department
This is a message from U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 1st District, Deb Haaland.