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October 2020 – 12 two hour presentations over 4 weeks

All people are sacred and worthy of protection, justice, and wellness.

Throughout the month of October, the Idaho Coalition will host Ti Novitawi Kocheukaakwe Virtual Conference Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous People – 12 presentations beginning at 10 am PT/11 am MT over the four weeks. Each presentation will be delivered virtually via Zoom. The conference is designed for advocates, criminal legal system personnel, policy makers, and educators to explore the disproportionate rates of gender-based violence impacting Indigenous communities in Idaho and regionally.

We hope you will join us! Here’s why: As we acknowledge this crisis and the changes urgently needed to save lives, and respond to this reality we begin the process of removing barriers to the safety of Native communities by strengthening the ability of Indigenous nations to protect mxn, womxn, and children. Efforts to shift the narrative, inform, maintain, and increase public awareness around Missing & Murdered Indigenous People are being led by Indigenous people. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence honors the past and current prevention efforts for Missing & Murdered Indigenous People. The crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous People should receive adequate response and prevention measures. Idaho is taking steps toward that end, including the Idaho Legislature passage of HCR033 on Missing Indigenous Persons to acknowledge and address the issue in the state. And much more needs to be done. Please join us and be part of this important effort.

View or Download Ti Novitawi Kocheukaakwe Conference Program

Sponsoring Organizations

Ti Novitawi Kocheukaakwe Advisory Council

  • Melanie Fillmore, Lakota, School of Public Service PhD Program, Boise State University
  • Sheena Gilbert, Stockbridge Munsee, University of Nebraska Omaha and Boise State University Alumni
  • Feather Holt, Nez Perce Tribe, ‘Úuyit Kímti Program
  • Audrey Jim, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Victim Assistance Program
  • Mary K Johnson, Indigenous Idaho Alliance
  • Bernie LaSarte, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, STOP Violence Program
  • Sue Lemmons, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Kathleen Palmer, Project ECHO at ECHO Idaho
  • Karee Picard, Nez Perce Tribe, ‘Úuyit Kímti Program
  • Paula Snyder

Among the nationally-recognized speakers:

Sara Deer imageSarah Deer – our keynote speaker, is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a professor at the University of Kansas. A lawyer by training but an advocate in practice, Deer’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights, using indigenous feminist principles as a framework. Deer is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law and has been published in a wide variety of law journals. Her work to end violence against Native women has received national awards from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. She has testified before Congress on four occasions regarding violence against Native women and was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to chair a federal advisory committee on sexual violence in Indian country. Professor Deer was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2014. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She currently teaches at the University of Kansas (her alma mater), where she holds a joint appointment in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Professor Deer is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.


Lenny Hayes – MA, is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate of the northeast corner of South Dakota. He is owner and operator of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC. His lived experience and training have made him a sought after workshop presenter on Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma and how it impacts the Native American community as well as the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individual and community. As a consultant with the MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition he assisted with the development of a curriculum entitled, “How to train advocates to work with sexually assaulted victims as well as Two-Spirit individuals.”


Nicole Matthews – is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide tribal coalition for American Indian Sexual Assault Advocates in Minnesota. The mission of this coalition is to strengthen the voices of American Indian women to create awareness, influence social change, and reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of American Indian women and children, thereby eliminating the sexual violence perpetrated against them. Their vision is: Creating Safety and Justice for Native Women Through the Teachings of Our Grandmothers.