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"No one cared...we was just Indian women" - Turning generations of pain into passion

"No one cared...we was just Indian women" - Turning generations of pain into passion

Date and Time

Friday, November 9, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2263


In the U.S. 4 out of 5 Native American women have experienced violence and 1 in 2 have experience sexual violence. Oklahoma ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of women killed by men in domestic violence situations.  

For the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, as with many tribal communities in the United States, these are more than statistics, this the reality of their women. 

What began as research examining the link between traditional knowledge and the mental and physical health of women in the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, a passion and a grassroots movement began.  

The Grand Valley Anthropology Club is honored to have Cathleen Osborne-Gowey, member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma - Turtle Clan (great granddaughter of Louisa Bluejacket) discuss her journey bringing years of research and collaboration together to create the first Eastern Shawnee Tribal Family Violence Prevention Program; providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking advocacy and support services for her tribe. She will discuss her tribes’ journey with assimilation and survival, and the factors that have created physical and geographical barriers for tribal women to access advocacy and care. Her lecture will also cover her work to break down those barriers and educate that violence against Native women is not traditional.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event. We hope to see you there!




Dr. Kristin Hedges



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