Photo by StrongHearts Native Helpline.
Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor
Caroline LaPorte is the first Native Affairs Senior Policy Advisor for the StrongHearts Native Helpline and is an immediate descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. In her policy work, LaPorte, a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and who concurrently serves on the NIWRC’s Policy Team, will focus on specialized issues including criminal justice, children and youth, firearms, housing and human rights relating to domestic violence in tribal communities. Before joining StrongHearts, she worked as a family law attorney and at Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that represents children in foster care.
LaPorte brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Indian law and federal, tribal and state jurisdiction to StrongHearts, having held a clerk position with the Office of Tribal Justice within the Department of Justice and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians criminal justice system. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Florida and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Baylor University in Texas.
Yvonne Swan (was Wanrow), Sinixt Arrow Lakes of the Colville Confederated Tribes is known for the “Wanrow Instruction”, a 1977 case law in Washington state stemming from a 1972 shooting death of a known Caucasian child molester. When her case reached the Washington State Supreme Court the ruling changed the law regarding women and self defense across the United States. Since then countless defendants have been helped when their defense was self-defense. The precedent also made it illegal to record a person without her/or his knowledge or consent and emergency police tapes are not to be used as evidence to convict.
Yvonne also worked for the International Indian Treaty Council, the diplomatic arm of the American Indian Movement (AIM) where they continue to bring violations of Indigenous human rights to the attention of the world through the United Nations. Yvonne continues to advocate for Native Rights and continues to organize grassroots movements. She was successful in helping her people get their ancient ancestral remains returned to them and reburied.
Yvonne displayed her art during our Indigenous Peoples Day 2017.
Yvonne is talking with Jimbo Simmons.
is an underground poet from the valley of the sun; a phoenix-born, Chicago-bred hip hop MC who uses his music and poetry to empower the people while documenting the struggles of community resistance to colonization on stolen lands. His current project Until We Overcome: The Hidden Facets of Apartheid in Amerika is a literary collection of voices and stories collected from the frontlines of turtle islands’ movements for justice.
We will be hearing songs from his CD.
Scatter Their Own on “Make No Bones About It.” July 17th, 2016 at 4pm. Tune in and experience these beautiful people! I am super excited to have a visit with our relatives.
A little bit about Scatter Their Own
Scatter Their Own out of South Dakota’s Oglala Nation share heartfelt music with the world. .” Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford nurture and shares their thoughtful songs . The sounds of their music will rock your senses and sooth your soul. We invite you to join our conversation with this alter-Native duo. Scatter Their Own is our May Music Maker and we’ll also give away cd copies of the new album.
(Photo Credit: Scatter Their Own)
NAHKO – MY NAME IS BEAR so many dear people helped me write and live these stories. the two summers i spent in alaska, half the winter in louisiana and the other half holed up in my van in portland, and then the first year in hawaii were transformational and pivotal to shaping me into who i am today. those 3 years before i met my mother would offer a reclaiming of my name, finding new faith and fever for my own spiritual connection to Creator, and discovering first love. these were just a few of the important discoveries for a young cub set on exploring the world and finding himself amongst the wild.
Nahko and Medicine for the People