[act-ma] Invitation to webinar on community accountability

Kevin Heaton kevwsc at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 10 18:10:42 PST 2021

Cw: domestic/sexual violence

Greetings Community

I hope this message finds you in positive spirit, heart, mind, and body, and that you are finding many moments of ease and joy. I'm reaching out to invite you to a webinar on Wednesday, November 17 from 7-9pm that will feature some incredible human beings who are doing transformative work related to domestic and sexual violence in their indigenous communities. This is also an invitation to support the specific initiatives of each of the speakers. More information about that below as well as detailed information about the event and a flier! Please forward widely to your networks; this will be a really powerful learning experience and opportunity for meaningful solidarity! Please feel free to reach out with questions.

With Gratitude,


Resilience & Transformation:

Community Accountability by Indigenous Survivors

Join Jennifer Randolph of the Aquinah Wampanoag nation, L’Dawn Olson of the Eastern Shoshone nation, and Sayra Pinto - Indigenous Catracha, in conversation about their transformative work to address domestic and sexual violence within their communities and in the broader anti-violence movement.

Wed, November 17, 2021 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

To register and RSVP please go to https://bit.ly/RandTsurvivorstories

Webinar and in-person hybrid community learning event.

**an in person affinity space for Native community members will be offered after the webinar

In person viewing and Circle reflection will take place at

Wellness Center Multipurpose Room

450 Brook Street

Multipurpose Room 195 Wellness Center

Providence, RI 02906

Co-coordinated by: SHARE Advocates in BWell, Transformative Justice Initiative,  BWell Health Promotion, Transformative Justice Initiative, Native American and Indigienous Studies Initiative, SAS, BCSC, AXO, UCS

**This event is free to attend, however we do ask that in lieu of attendance fees, those who are able please make a donation to one of these important initiatives suggested by the speakers:

1) For Donations to The Northeast Native Network of Kinship and Healing Text to Give Toll-Free Number: (877) 789-7552 Specific Amount: Text "GIVE (AMOUNT)" 2)To support the Peacemaker's Lodge through Gathering Power please send a donation via this paypal link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4RSJTQ2JX4ZMC

More about the event + speakers:

Although it is sometimes highlighted that Native Women, Queer and Two-spirit people experience high rates of interpersonal violence, the resilience of Indigineous survivors is often a story that goes untold. This program highlights experiences of healing and accountability that are possible within deep community relationships. Join Jennifer Randolph of the Aquinah Wampanoag nation, L’Dawn Olson of the Eastern Shoshone nation, and Sayra Pinto- Indigenous Catracha, in conversation about their transformative work to address domestic and sexual violence within their communities and in the broader anti-violence movement. This webinar is an invitation to listen deeply and to engage in principled solidarity efforts with indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Circles will be held after the virtual event for further connection and reflection.

About our speakers:

L’Dawn Olsen is of mixed European ancestry and American Indian descent. She is a federally recognized descendant of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and a member of the Yellowbang clan. She lives and works as a community organizer centering decolonization and Indigeneity on Shoshone ancestral land (i.e.,--the Wind River Indian Reservation located in the territory claimed as the state of Wyoming). L’Dawn is a past fellow and alumna of Brown University.

Jennifer Randolph is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah. She is the mother, daughter, granddaughter,great-grand-daughter, niece and auntie to Aquinnah Wampanoag women and girls. Jennifer moved to her tribal traditional homelands and community in 2000 while in her early twenties. She has been serving her tribe as staff, contractor, committee member and in other various capacities for over 20 years. As a survivor of domestic violence she spearheaded a community assessment initiative and developed a tribal advocacy program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jennifer believes in building capacity for services with the people of the tribal community. With a core group of Wampanoag survivors/advocates, The Northeast Native Network of Kinship and Healing Inc. was founded in 2020. It is Jennifer’s vision to end violence against native people using methods deeply rooted in precontact culture and traditions

Sayra Pinto is the Chief Practitioner for Moon Jaguar Strategies LLC, a consulting company supporting cross sector organizations to build strategies and cultures to transform themselves and the world. She founded and was a strategic advisor to the Restore Circles Initiative through her role as the Chair of the Crossroads Leadership Lab at University of Vermont. She is currently the Chair of Gathering Power and serves of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Native Network of Kinship and Healing. Sayra is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont’s Rubinstein School where she teaches in Master’s of Leadership in Sustainability program. Sayra holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, an MFA from Goddard College, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute and University. She has published two chapbooks and a doctoral dissertation to date: Pinol : Poems (2012), Vatolandia (2012), and the dissertation The Ontology of Love: A Framework for Re-Indigenizing Communities of Color in the U.S (2015), among other publications.

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