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 firstname.lastname@example.org.