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Sept. 27, 2004

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tillie Black Bear will give the talk, "Reclaiming the Sacredness of Indigenous Women: A Lakota Perspective," Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities at Bucknell.

"Her talk will address the connections between violence and racism as they relate especially to indigenous women in the United States. It also will focus on the ways that traditional modes of thinking can be drawn upon to address social problems," said Molly Dragiewicz, director of the Women's Resource Center at Bucknell.

"Black Bear's lecture also will provide information about Indigenous cultures in the United States in contemporary and historical contexts," she said.

A member of the Sicangu Lakota Nation/Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Black Bear is executive director of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society. Established in 1978, the Society is the oldest shelter for rape and domestic violence victims abused on Native American reservations.

She was a founding member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which was instrumental in passing the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, providing for training and services for domestic violence prevention and intervention. She also serves on the advisory board of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Black Bear has been widely recognized for her human rights advocacy, especially with regard to domestic violence in Indian Country. In 2000, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for her work on issues relating to violence against women, and in 2003 she was among the women honored at the first annual Lifetime's Achievement Awards event in New York City.

"Black Bear is a leader in the movement to end domestic violence and is one of only a handful of scholars/activists speaking about the complicated relationships between multiple oppressions and violence. She is a great example of how one person can make a difference in the larger community," said Dragiewicz.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Race/Gender Resource Center, the department of sociology and anthropology, the women's and gender studies program, the Social Justice College, the University Lectureship Committee and the Women's Resource Center.


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