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The end of an era

One of the founding mothers of the battered women’s movement in the U.S., Tillie Black Bear, passed away on July 19, 2014. Her funeral was held on July 24, 2014 in South Dakota. Ms. Black Bear was a member of the Sincangu Lakota Nation/Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She was a founding member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (NCADV), and a founder of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Ms. Black Bear was honored by the US Department of Justice for her work with victims of crime in 1988 and recognized in 1989 as one of President Bush’s Points of Light. President Clinton awarded Ms. Black Bear with an Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 2000. She was awarded the first annual LifeTime Achievement Award from Life Time Television in 2003. Women’s E-News in 2004 selected Tillie as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” award. In addition, in 2005 she received an award from National Organization of Women (NOW). Ms. Tillie Black Bear has left behind for us her struggles to end violence against women.