Hello Well Woman, Today, I interview Dr. Corrine Oqua Pi Povi Sanchez, of San Ildefonso Pueblo and Executive Director of Tewa Women United. Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. Dr. Sanchez is part of the co-creation process of building Indigenous Knowledge through Tewa Women United’s work over the past 34-years and is trained in forensic interviewing, sexual assault intervention and prevention. Tewa Women United (TWU) envisions movements rooted in P’in Haa (Breath of Heart/Life) and P’in Nall (Touching Heart and Spirit) that nurture and celebrate the collective power of beloved families, communities, and Nung Ochuu Quiyo (Earth Mother). Through Relational-tivity, TWU embodies courageous spaces that center Indigenous women and girls to connect with ancestral knowingness, healing strengths, and lifeways for the wellbeing of all.
We dig into how she helps indigenous women, both in individual ways, as well as policy making. Her experience dealing with interpersonal violence allows Dr. Sanchez to tap into herself to help heal and educate other women, while also making sure indigenous voices are heard in our legislative systems.
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