Last week I was crazy busy. The weekend before I had a mild case of flu, so I started out dragging. 😦 But things perked up on Wednesday, when Pam Moore arrived. Pam is the Director of the Institute for Native Justice, which is based in Oklahoma, but does trainings all over the United States (tribal court matters, safety, confidentiality, and violence against Native Americans). Pam has been in the domestic violence/sexual assault field since the late 1970s. She is still an advocate, but also been a shelter director, and member of a district attorney’s staff as a victim witness advocate. She is able to combine theory and practical experience; every time I’ve heard her speak, I’ve learned something new.
On Wednesday Pam was the speaker at our Sexual Assault Awareness Candlelight Vigil. We were a small group, but we came away determined to do more to help others as we can. On Thursday she spoke to social services professionals in our area, about safety and confidentiality in small towns. And on Friday she did a training for our Rancheria staff, again talking about confidentiality, safety, and how to help people in crisis. She came with general programs in mind, but in each case was able to flex the information and presentation to match the crowd. She is a very engaging speaker! For more information about Pam and the Institute for Native Justice, check here.
One other fun fact about Pam — she weaves and knits and is as crazy about fiber as I am! 🙂 She visited our local yarn shop, and a couple of us told her how wonderful The Web*sters is in Ashland. I look forward to hearing how her visit went there. 🙂
One more event last week, on Saturday night: “The Vagina Monologues,” presented at Elk Valley Rancheria’s Community Center. It seated about 250, and we were sold out! I understand we made over $8,000 with our performances and sales — WooHoo! 🙂 It was work, but it was also a lot of fun. We are looking forward to doing it again in 2013!