Red Wind's team brings a lot of experience to its work.
As Indigenous peoples, we have experience with the intersections of oppression, historical and multi-generational traumas, economic disparities, and lived experiences with the crimes we work so diligently to address. We also bring courage, strength, resiliency, and triumph.
Collectively we come together to work to empower victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, sex trafficking, and elder abuse.
Victoria Ybanez, MPA
Diné, Apache and Mexican — I have been working to end violence against Native victims and survivors for nearly 35 years. I developed and am the Executive Director of Red Wind Consulting, Inc. coordinating and providing Tribal Technical Assistance for recipients of the Tribal Governments Program for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
I have my masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Major in Economics and Minor in Political Science. I am also published in three anthologies: Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence, Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence and Birthed from Scorched Hearts.
My favorite quote comes from Wilma Mankiller, "We must remember we have Indigenous solutions to our problems."
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Housing and Homeless Services TTA Coordinator
Lumbee & Eastern Band of Cherokee – Graduating from Colorado College, with a Neuroscience major, led me to start my career in direct services for survivors of trauma. I have been providing culturally specific training and Technical Assistance since 2015, with a focus on special survivor populations, such as children/youth, male, Two Spirit/LGBT, and survivors with disabilities. I authored Creating a Safe Space to Grow: A Guide for Tribal Child and Youth Advocacy, and serve as a co-trainer for Red Wind’s Sexual Assault (SATI) and Domestic Violence (DATI) Tribal Advocate Trainings.
In my free time, I contribute as a guest writer/blogger for Wings Foundation, Inc on childhood sexual abuse healing topics, and volunteer for Inside Out Youth Services, which empowers, educates, and advocates for LGBTQ+ youth.
Elder Abuse MDT TTA Coordinator
Wadopkna Tuwa Wiyan, of the Aaniih Nakoda Nation - Bonita successfully led several projects related to Domestic Violence, Elder Protection and Elder Exploitation from 2009-2021, resulting in the 2015 submission as Tribal Best Practice to Indian Health Service and other agencies, as a model program. Advocating for individuals in prevention and intervention projects led her to providing and coordinating heightened awareness to public schools, area colleges, law enforcement, court and medical professionals and paraprofessionals, and authored “Thinking Outside the Xbox” a mini activity handout for youth. She facilitated and coordinated many projects with culture, tradition and resiliency in the forefront of all presentations.
She embraces the unique foundations of Elder Protection in Native Nations and strives to serve with the greatest respect towards individual cultures and traditions.
Tribal College Campus TA Coordinator
Taos Pueblo, Chiricahua Apache and Mexican descendant — I have been with Red Wind for more than five years. My BA is in Sociology, where my topics of interest included families, gender-based violence, power and privilege, and settler colonialism. I am a trainer for the National Tribal Advocate Center and have presented at several conferences. I also have experience working with Tribal housing authorities and Native programs nationally with strategic planning, capacity building, trauma-informed care, violence, collaboration, policy and protocol development and harm reduction. I formerly was the Program Director of the Haseya Advocate Program, a project of Red Wind Consulting, Inc. that offers culturally specific advocacy in Colorado Springs, CO before becoming the Project Coordinator for Red Wind’sTribal College Campus Technical Assistance Project.
In my spare time, I love running, practicing yoga, and I enjoy hiking with my husband, almost 5-year-old son and black lab in our new home state of Minnesota.
TTA Operations Coordinator
I began at Red Wind as an intern working towards bachelor’s in social work. Five really fast years later, I now also have a master’s in social work from Metropolitan State University in Denver with a focus of generalist practice. I have always loved mezzo and macro social work. Working with Red Wind doing trainings and technical assistance operations and the mix of project planning, capacity building, and project support brings unique spaces that allow me to constantly learn and grow. I have also spent time interning with homeless responses specific to veterans in Colorado Springs.
In my free time I spend time with my dogs and I really love being creative.
Responses for Urban Natives TTA Coordinator
Omaha Tribe of Nebraska - Provides training and technical assistance on improving victim services and justice responses for American Indian and Alaska Native populations residing within urban areas. She previously worked within the Haseya Advocate Program as an Advocate and Program Director.
As Project Coordinator, Hope provides assistance tailored to the needs of urban programs; facilitates work sessions; provides assistance with planning, develops strategies, growing culturally centered responses for urban Native victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking; and develops materials to enhance urban Native responses.