Nomination Form
2018 Women Are Sacred - Tillie Black Bear Memorial Award - Nomination Form
Background
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.

Nominations must be received by May 1, 2018. Please submit hand-written nomination forms to was2018taward@niwrc.org.

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Please outline why this nominee should be selected as the 2018 Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Award.
How does the nominee embody the values of Women Are Sacred? How does this person exemplify the philosophy of treating others as relatives in this work, which calls for accountability and responsibility based on those relations? How does the nominee embody professionalism, dedication, and excellent service in their work to end violence against Native women and families? Has the nominee made any outstanding contributions to the movement? Can you provide an example or share a story about the nominee that represents their special contributions to the movement to restore safety for Native women or grassroots advocacy?
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