We are pleased to announce plenary Protecting our Water: Women’s Voices from the Stand at Standing Rock at In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls, October 11-13, 2017.

The fight against the Enbridge pipeline incursion near the Standing Rock Tribal Nation in North Dakota drew international attention to the depth of the commitment of those protesting the pipeline and the rights of Indigenous people to their homeland. Panelists will share their experiences and describe how women and girls played an essential role in the stand at Standing Rock and the breadth of alliances created there.

Asia Gilbertson Black Bull & Madelyn Big Crow.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe at Standing Rock

Moderator: Terri Yellowhammer.

Terri Yellowhammer is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Tribe with ancestry with the White Earth Ojibwe Nation in northern Minnesota. She brings over 25 years of experience working with American Indian/Alaska Native people. She has provided training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Department of Justice-funded Defending Childhood Initiative Tribal grantees to develop comprehensive, community-based strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of children’s exposure to violence; she currently provides T/TA tribal expertise through her work with Education Development Center’s Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She is involved in a pilot project at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital as a volunteer to provide nurturing to American Indian infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Ms. Yellowhammer serves as a Supreme Court Appellate Justice for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and is a respected attorney and policy analyst in Indian Child Welfare in Minnesota, where she is a public defense attorney for the Indian Child Welfare Law Center. She is a consultant to guardians ad litem in Indian Child Welfare Act cases for the Minnesota Board of Guardians Ad Litem. She has also served as an assistant attorney general for the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.

Mallory Moon.

Mallory Moon is proud to be an enrolled member with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Mallory graduated from Black Hills State University with bachelors in American Indian Studies and a minor in Sociology. She is also a graduate from the Native American Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program through the University of New Mexico School of Law. After graduation Mallory worked for the Minneapolis American Indian Center as the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Court Monitor. She monitored ICWA court proceedings and case files to measure compliance with the ICWA and other supporting laws to reduce the challenges of ICWA disparity rates and to strengthen American Indian families. Mallory also had responsibilities with the QUICWA project where she traveled the U.S. training Tribes and Indian Organizations how to Court Monitor and utilize their ICWA Compliance data for their own jurisdictions. Mallory moved home to her reservation at Standing Rock to join the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL.) Mallory stood with her relatives and community at the front lines and it reinforced her wish to obtain a Juris Doctorate Degree, J.D. because she was reminded why we cannot turn away from the things worth fighting for.

Angela Bibens.

Angela Bibens (Santee Dakota) is the former ground coordinator for the Water Protector Legal Collective where she spent six months providing legal support services for the defense of water protectors in North Dakota. Angela is the founder of Colorado’s newest indigenous law firm, Red Owl Law. She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and admitted to practice in Colorado state courts, the federal district courts of Colorado and North Dakota, and the Oglala Sioux Tribal courts. Angela has experience in environmental and criminal defense, movement support, and expertise in the Indian Child Welfare Act.

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