The Native Action Network has named Colville tribal member Yvette Joseph as a 2019 Enduring Spirit Honoree, highlighting Joseph’s work improving tribal health and human services across Indian Country.
A social media post from NAN reads, “As a Professional Staff Member to Senator Dan Evans, Yvette had a chance to work with Speaker of the House Tom Foley to advocate for the creation of the Seven Nation’s Healing Lodge. This treatment center is the flagship of the Indian Health Service and the first Youth and Family treatment program in the Nation.”
The post continues to note, “While working for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Yvette Joseph was responsible for the staff assistance needed to enact four reauthorizations of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Yvette Joseph has also worked to support the winning campaigns of Congressman and U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Idaho Attorney General Larry Echohawk, New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Washington State Representative Deborah Leakanoff. Yvette enjoys working behind the scene helping others to realize many of the policy goals that have been advanced in Native Voting Rights, protection of Murdered and Missing Native Women, amendments to the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and in establishing the Native American Veterans Home Loan Programs.”
NAN was founded in 2001 with these goals: “Native Women's Leadership: Provide an environment in which Native women daughters, mothers, granddaughters, and great-grandmothers can interact with one another, share knowledge, and honor Native women making a difference in their communities,” and “To unite Native women of all ages and create a forum that celebrates the power which women have in creating positive change within their families and communities.”
Past Colville Tribal members named as Enduring Spirit honorees include, in 2010, Gloria Simpson, in 2011, Mary A. Miller-Marchand, and in 2016, Charlanne Quinto.
The NAN 15th Annual Native Women’s Leadership Forum was hosted at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, May 16-17.