Founding Facilitators

Graduates of the Pilot Training Program

We are forever grateful for these courageous women who stepped forward and were the first to walk through the Empowerment and Self-Defense Training Program.  With their commitment, critical feedback and insights we were able to improve our future programs and move forward in a good way.


Cheryl Rule

C’eletkwemx (Coldwater Community) Nɬeʔkepmxcín Nation (Thompson Nation)

Elder Amelia Washington


Melissa Moses

Nlaka'pamux, Syilx and Stl'atl'imx

Tina Bierle

Salish/Assiniboine Tribes Salish/Kootenai and Fort Belknap Assiniboine

Dana Hewankorn

Ksanka Kootenai of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Iris Kill Eagle

Little Shell Tribe

Myrna DuMontier

CSKT / Salish, Cree, Shawnee, Nez Perce