NIWRC Recognizes Historic ‘Lift Up’ of Native Women to Congress in 2021 (LAME DEER, Montana, November 7, 2020)—The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center sends a stronghearted congratulations to all of the Indigenous leaders elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as our appreciation to all of the American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native […]
NIWRC Recognizes Historic ‘Lift Up’ of Native Women to Congress in 2021
(LAME DEER, Montana, November 7, 2020)—The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center sends a stronghearted congratulations to all of the Indigenous leaders elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as our appreciation to all of the American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians who participated in their democracy by casting their votes this year.
“Indigenous representation matters, especially when we are talking about visibility of Native women in positions at the highest levels of federal and state government,” said NIWRC Executive Director Lucy Simpson, a citizen of the Navajo Nation. “We are humbled by the sheer force and resiliency of these Native women who so bravely stepped forward to be an Indigenous voice on the legislative stage. Native women are the matriarchs in our communities, and the results of this year’s elections showed the restoration of our value of holding women and their leadership as sacred.”
NIWRC is honored to recognize these Indigenous leaders who will serve in the House:
As these Indigenous leaders prepare to begin work in their state or on Capitol Hill, they are truly serving as a symbol of hope and inspiration to future generations of Native youth to make change for their communities. These Indigenous leaders also have a unique opportunity to provide perspective on Indigenous issues, in particular the high rates of violence against Native women and children, a group that is often invisible in American culture due to stereotypes and attempts at erasure of Native identities.
We also wish to congratulate Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis (Isleta Pueblo), who retained her seat on the Washington Supreme Court. Montoya-Lewis is the first Native American justice to be appointed to Washington’s highest court and the second Native American justice in the United States.
NIWRC is a non-partisan nonprofit organization committed to ending violence against American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian women and children. We remain dedicated to restoring safety to Native women by upholding tribal sovereignty tribes and will continue to call for bipartisan efforts to implement policy provisions to protect Native communities from violence.
This press release can be found online here.
About the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center:
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. NIWRC provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen tribal sovereignty. niwrc.org