Known as the Grandmother of the movement to end violence against Indigenous women, Tillie Black Bear (Sicangu Lakota) was the first Indigenous woman to testify before Congress to bring awareness to the disproportionate rates of violence Indigenous women face. Tillie’s efforts have increased awareness and understanding of violence against Indigenous women, resulting in significant accomplishments at the Tribal, state, and federal levels. In honor of Tillie’s steadfast leadership and advocacy, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) has celebrated Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Day each October 1 since 2018.
Join NIWRC on October 2, 2023, for a Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Day virtual webinar. Speakers will use Tillie’s words and body of work to illustrate how her legacy continues to inspire the movement to end violence against Indigenous women.