Eight are Honored for Outstanding Advocacy




Eight people were recognized with Envision Awards for their outstanding advocacy work to eliminate violence against Native women in tribal communities at a special luncheon during the “With Liberty and Justice for All” Conference put on by WomenSpirit Coalition.

The “ForGet-Me-Not” Luncheon was held on the first day of the two-day conference, September 16, at the Little Creek Casino Resort Event Center in Shelton, WA. The theme of the luncheon, ForGet-Me-Not, reminds us to never forget Native women who have been murdered or are missing.

Prior to the awards presentation, Caroline Felicity Antone (Tohono O’odham) told her life story accented with slides of her youth, and Star Nayea (Ojibwe) presented a video and song about domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Dee Koester, WomenSpirit Coalition Executive Director, and Ron Tso, Board President, presented the awards to:

  • April James, Swinomish, 2016 WomenSpirit Coalition Board of Directors
  • Sabrina Desaute, Colville, 2016 WomenSpirit Coalition Board of Directors
  • Marlo Quintasket, Swinomish, for Outstanding Support
  • Cheryl Neskahi Coan, Dine’, 2016 WomenSpirit Coalition Board of Directors
  • Annie Forsman, Suquamish, 2016 WomenSpirit Coalition Board of Directors
  • Tom Tremaine, Tribal Court Judge, for Outstanding Service
  • Cindy Smith, Tribal Court Judge , for Outstanding Service
  • Debbie Lee, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Victim Witness Liaison, for Outstanding Advocacy

The luncheon was sponsored by the Muckleshoot Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Department of Commerce, Office on Crime Victim Advocacy.