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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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.
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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.
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Valerie Butterbredt is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe. Ms. Butterbredt is currently the Training and Technical Assistance Advisor for Red Wind. She has over half a decade of experience supporting native communities in the non-profit sector. In her prior roles, she served as Toiyabe Indian Health Project’s executive assistant to the Chief Operations Officer & Chief Financial Office; as Membership and Advocacy Program Coordinator, National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC); summer enrichment coordinator and summer enrichment assistant, Bishop Indian Education Center; and an administrative assistant, Social Security Administration in Baltimore. Prior to joining Red Wind LLC, she has worked in tribal education, housing, and healthcare in areas like lobbying, training and technical support, event planning, program design, project management, fundraising, and marketing.
Valerie has a Master's in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of California, Merced. Since 2020, Ms. Butterbredt has served as a board member for Educational Multimedia INC.
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.
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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 embraces the unique foundations of Elder Protection in Native Nations and strives to serve with the greatest respect towards individual cultures and traditions.
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Children and Youth TTA Coordiantor
Enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe — Amber is a mother, wife, sister, auntie, friend, and advocate for anyone in need. Using traditional Lakota teaching mixed with modern education, self-care, and a belief that healing is ongoing.
Amber has experience working with teens with disabilities and at-risk youth. She also at a teen shelter mentoring and caring for teens who faced homelessness, human trafficking, being deported, and Native youth in the systems. She previously also worked as an advocate serving the Lakota people and the people of Standing Rock. Additionally, Amber worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate for United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck ND and at First Nations Women’s Alliance developing Future Victim Specialists in Indian country.