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NNED Partner of the Month
Posted: March 01, 2018
In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country the NNED selects an organization to highlight once a month. Tewa Women United has been selected as the Partner of the Month for March in celebration of Women's History Month.
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United (TWU) is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart and in the spirit of love for all. TWU started in 1989 as a support group for women from the Pueblos of the northern Rio Grande concerned with the traumatic effects of colonization, religious inquisition, and militarization leading to issues such as alcoholism, suicide, domestic/sexual violence and environmental violence. In the safe space TWU created, they transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and by embracing and reaffirming their cultural identity.
Circle of Grandmothers (SaYain) is the nurturing breath that infuses and inspires the work of TWU. The Grandmothers is a circle of inter-tribal, multicultural women who are either grandmothers themselves or supportive elders. The goals of the program are: to provide spiritual grounding and cultural guidance to TWU staff and board, to promote reciprocity of inter-generational learning and sharing to strengthen individuals, families and communities; and to nurture and support women and elders who are vital influences on the behaviors and beliefs within families and communities. Activities of the program include creating healing gifts for trauma survivors; organizing and/or help at community education sessions; hosting inter-generational support groups; making referrals to Tewa Women United or other helpful community organizations; attending trainings to increase knowledge about sexual violence and other traumas; sharing knowledge of traditional language, arts and practices.
In addition to Circle of Grandmothers, Tewa Women United is home to other programs with the intention to strengthen and re-strengthen beloved families and communities to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth. These programs include Environmental Health and Justice; Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice; Women's Leadership and Economic Freedom; and Valuing Our Integrity with Courage, Empowerment, and Support (V.O.I.C.E.S.), a culturally based response to sexual violence and other trauma related to sexual violence in the diverse communities.
View a list of previous NNED Partners of the Month here.