CONFERENCE

SPEAKERS

To learn more about any of our great conference speakers, simply click on the individual's photo and you will see a full list of speakers and their bios!
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Denise Armstrong

Executive Director of

Big Sky Senior Services

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Karen Artichoker

Women and Families Advocate

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Linda Bearcrane Couture, MSW

Supervisory Victim Specialist

BIA Office of Justice

Renee Bourque

Renee Bourque

Program Manager of

the Tribal Resource Tool for

the National Center for Victims of Crime 

Dr. Cynthia Brewer

Billings Clinic Dept of Family Medicine

Paula Castro-Stops

Activist for Missing Native Women

Maria Campbell

Co-Founder MMIW Movement

Malinda Harris-Limberhand

Awareness Activist

Robert LaFountain

Attorney and Lead Prosecutor

for the Crow Tribe

Michael LaValley

Liaison with Indian Tribes

for Senator Tester

Stephanie Iron-Shooter

Office of Public Instruction

         Member of Native Fatality Review Team

Kathleen Little Leaf

Director Billings Urban Clinic

Jadi jo Longmire

Student, Purdue University

Nalaxone Trainer

Dr. Jennifer E. Miller

Professor of Moral Theology

Carmen O'Leary

Director - Native Women's Society

of the Great Plains

Marilyn Poitras

Co-Founder MMIW Movement

Penny Ronnings

Billings City Council Woman

Deborah Russell, LCSW

Health Administrator

Billings Urban Indian

Health and Wellness Clinic

Sheryl Smart

Program Manager for

Prevention of Elder Abuse

Rian St. Pierre

Case Managment Coordinator

YWCA Billings

Tiffany Deaver

Coordinator

Sexual Assault Nurse Examination Clinic 

Ivan and Ivy McDonald

Film makers: "When They Were Here"

AGENDA    May 14-15-16       
Please check back for updated schedule.               

May 14 – Preconference*

 

7:30 – 8:45      On-site Registration

 

                    Missouri Room

9:00 – 9:30  Administering of Narcon to Overdose Victims by First Responders

                        Jadi Jo Longmire, trainer

 

9:30 – 12:00    Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Investigation of DV, Interviewing Traumatized DV Victims and Witnesses, Effective Use of Advocates

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                        Robert Lafountain, presenter

                        Linda Bearcrane-Couture, presenter

 

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch on your own

 

1:00 – 4:30      Cont'd.  Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Investigation of DV, Interviewing Traumatized DV Victims and Witnesses, Effective Use of                              Advocates

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                        Robert Lafountain, presenter

                        Linda Bearcrane-Couture, presenter

 

4:30 – 4:45      Evaluations and Closing

 

* * The focus of the preconference will be upon the training needs for tribal law enforcement officers/administrators, tribal prosecutors, and tribal court members.  The general public is also invited.

 
May 15 – Conference Day One

 

7:30 – 8:45      On-site Registration

 

9:00 – 10:00 GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Missouri Room-

 Mistress of Ceremonies – Martina Dia

                        Prayer – Rev. Mike Mulberry and Walter RunsAbove, First Congregational Church

                        Welcome – Meredith McConnell, Chairwoman, Board of Directors

                       

  Office of US Sen. John Tester

                        Federal Legislative Updates Regarding Domestic and Sexual Violence in Indian County, Including Efforts Toward Responding To The                          Murdered And Missing Indian Women/Girls Crises

                        Michael LaValley, State-Tribal Liaison for Sen. Tester

 

10:15 – 11:45  BREAKOUT SESSION ONE

Gallatin Room– History of Domestic Violence, Coordinated Response, and Public Campaign

                        Carmen O’Leary, presenter

                       

Bitterroot Room – Domestic Violence Later in Life – Elderly Abuse and Other Exploitation

                        Denise Armstrong, presenter

                        Sheryl Smart, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room – Trauma Informed Leadership in the Workplace – Employer Efforts to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

                        Deborah Russell, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room- "7 Minutes", a True Story of an Attempted Abduction and Discussion on Prevention

                        Marilyn Poitras, film maker/author, presenter

                        Maria Campbell, presenter

 

Yellowstone Room – Created to be Loved; Understanding Women’s Dignity

                        Dr. Jennifer Miller, presenter, author

Lewis & Clark Room -              

                        Film by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on the Traumatized Brain as Experienced by Victims and Witnessed by Others

11:45 – 1:00    Lunch on your own

 

1:00 – 2:30      BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

                        Gallatin Room – Cont. History of Domestic Violence, Coordinated Response, and Public Campaign

                        Carmen O’Leary, presenter

                       

 Bitterroot Room – Understanding Domestic Violence and the Dynamics of the Abuser and Abused

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                       

Yellowstone Room – Healing from Trauma and Accompanying Film by White Bison Inc.

                        Kathleen Little Leaf, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Adult and Pediatric Strangulation

                        Tiffany Deaver, presenter

                        Cynthia Brewer, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room– Tactics of Power and Control of Domestic Violence Abusers

                        Karen Artichoker, presenter

                       

Lewis & Clark Room – Film by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on the Traumatized Brain as Experienced by Victims and Witnessed by Others

 

2:45 – 4:15     Breakout Session Three

                      Missouri Room – Human Trafficking Task Force, Yellowstone County Area

            Penny Ronning, presenter

                      

Bitterroot Room – Cont'd. Understanding Domestic Violence and the Dynamics of the Abuser and Abused; Tribal Resource Tool                                    Information

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                       

Yellowstone Room – YWCA and Shelter Services

                        Rian St. Pierre, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Adult and Pediatric Strangulation

                        Tiffany Deaver, presenter

                        Cynthia Brewer, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room – The Trauma Informed Response  

                        Karen Artichoker, presenter

                        Rm. 6 – Film by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on the Traumatized Brain as Experienced by Victims and Witnessed by Others

 

May 16 – CONFERENCE DAY TWO

 

7:30 – 8:45      On-site Registration

 

9:00 – 10:00  GENERAL ASSEMBLY

                        Missouri Room

                        Mistress of Ceremonies – Martina Dia

                        Prayer – Rev. Lisa Harmon and Walter RunsAbove, First Congregational Church

                        Welcome – Kim McKeehan, Member, Board of Directors

                       

 The History of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada and Personal Perspectives

                        Maria Campbell, author, activist, and cofounder of the Canadian MMIW movement

Marilyn Poitras, originating member, Canadian MMIW Commission

 

10:15 – 11:45  BREAKOUT SESSION ONE

                        Missouri Room – Grass Root Efforts to Arrive at Creation of Canadian Commission for MMIW

                        Maria Campbell, author, presenter

                        Marilyn Poitras, presenter

                       

Gallatin Room– Domestic Abuse Later in Life, Other Exploitation of the Elderly, the Impacts and Prevention

                       Sheryl Smart, presenter

Denise Armstrong, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room– Trauma Informed Leadership in the Workplace and Suggested Policies for Employers

                        Deborah Russell, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room– Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

                        Karen Artichoker, presenter

                       

Bitterroot Room – MMIW Panel

                        Charlene Sleeper, panelist

                        Melinda Harris Limberhand, panelist

                        Paula Castro-Stops, panelist

 

11:45 – 1:00    Lunch on your own

 

1:00 – 2:30      BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

                       

Missouri Room – Activities of Canadian MMIW Commission, Reflections of Commission Activities, Next Steps

                        Maria Campbell, author, presenter

                        Marilyn Poitras, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room – Human Trafficking in Indian Country

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                       

Bitterroot Room– Healing from Trauma and film by White Bison Inc.

                        Kathleen Little Leaf, presenter

                       

Gallatin Room– "When They Were Here, Stories of the MMIW of Montana"

                        Ivan McDonald, presenter

                        Ivy McDonald, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room -  Joint Efforts by Public Schools and Domestic Violence Advocates

                        Stephanie Iron Shooter, presenter

 

Lewis & Clark Room– Film by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on the Traumatized Brain as Experienced by Victims and Witnessed by Others

 

2:45 – 4:15     BREAKOUT SESSION THREE

                       Missouri Room – Human Trafficking Task Force, Yellowstone County

                        Penny Ronning, presenter

                       

Stillwater Room – Understanding Domestic Violence and the Dynamics of the Abuser and Abused; Tribal Resource Tool Information

                        Renee Bourque, presenter

                       

Yellowstone Room – The Importance of the Role of Advocates for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and the Court

                        Robert LaFountain, presenter

                       

Big Horn Room – Native American Fatality Review by the State of Montana

                        Georgette Boggio, presenter

                       

Lewis & Clark Room – Film by Dr. Rebecca Campbell on the Traumatized Brain as Experienced by Victims and Witnessed by Others

4:30 - 4:45      Missouri Room - Announcements, Door Prize and Raffle Drawings (must be present), and Conclusion

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