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REACH Indigenous Advocacy
A Collaborative Call to Action 

R.E.A.C.H (h)

Each letter is a two fold action plan that focuses on the Indigenous/Native American community, paired with opportunities for actionable  community/agency support   











(h) The epidemic of Human Trafficking


Click the Link Below to see R.E.A.C.H. in the NEWS
R.E.A.C.H. Community Allies, Partners & Supporters

2022 REACH Empowered Ally Award

Jeffrey Trzeciak

Executive Director Dayton Metro Library

2023 Empowered Ally Award

Nicolyn Woodcock

Director, Asian and Native American Heritage center.  

Nicolyn is the advisor for Wright State IACSA, Indigenous American Cultural Student Association.  

Her work in supporting the Indigenous student community is not limited to Wright State University, and includes collaborations throughout the Greater Dayton Region and beyond.  One tenant of her work is to ensure that all Indigenous events are cross-promoted and supported to the fullest extent, by making sure scheduling does not compete with existing events.  This brings more opportunity for community support for the entire Indigenous population, and expands cultural relationships across the region. 

Nicolyn exemplifies the definition of what it means to be an  Empowered Ally; REACH acknowledges her as a co-creater for our community!

In honor of her work, REACH Indigenous Advocacy is donating $500 to the Native American Scholarship Fund at Wright State University.  

Check back for during the month of November to see and hear more from Nicolyn and IACSA

Stephanie Van Hoose
Founder Stephanie Van Hoose at Harvest Buffalo NY Mohawk Air Force REACH

Stephanie is a tribally enrolled citizen of The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte T-MT.  Originally from Buffalo NY,  the early beginnings of her Indigenous advocacy and educational work began during her time is service with the U.S. Air Force, where she established the first Native American heritage committee at Little Rock AFB, AR. She has been a culture bearer now for almost 30 years.  A responsibility that is not taken lightly.

Stephanie is the granddaughter and niece of residential school survivors and has been given the sacred honor of carrying their stories.  Generations of cultural genocide, and trauma bring stories of unspeakable pain and yet on the other side of that is the legacy of incredible determination, and resilience in the women of her family.  

Her families experiences, along with her own, are the driving force behind her life's work.  After living in different communities as a military spouse and mother, she recognized the need for Indigenous Cultural programming, and educational support.  A private group of women leaders in the Dayton region encouraged and supported her vision to build a more inclusive community.  In the summer of 2020, she visited Sunwatch Indian and Archeological village, and felt an immediate connection to the land and the ancestors there.  She began collaborating with DSNH, and continues to assist the site with the seed blessings before the spring plantings as well as the gathering of medicines prior to the harvesting seasons.  It is extremely important for the community to understand the sacred responsibility they carry as stewards of the land.  It's a call to action for the entire region, and one that would need city wide involvement.  

 In 2022, with the support of Judge Walter H. Rice, and key community sponsors, Stephanie organized Dayton’s Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day.  This event was the launch of the REACH initiative.  Unveiled to the Dayton community, with key speakers from across the country and the local region, to address each letter; R – Reconciliation & Representation, E – Educational Equity, A- Advocacy & Ally-ship, C – Ceremony & Community, H – Healing & Health. The silent “H” for human trafficking, discusses the epidemic of MMIW and violence against women.  The entire platform reinforces the vital importance of community building and interagency commitment.  

After 2 years of sharing the REACH vision, we are starting to see intentional commitments for growth in Indigenous reconciliation, and allyship.

The Dayton Metro Library is leading the way! We getting ready for the  2nd annual Native American REACH Fest, which has expanded to a 2 day event this year on November 17, 18th.  We could not be more excited.  This is only the beginning! 

Stephanie currently serves on MVRPC’s Institute for Equitable communities sub-committee, DUHR, Dayton United for Human Rights Coalition, the Dayton Upstander Project and is on Dayton Public Health’s Minority Health Advisory Council. She supports and endorses the Dayton Collaboratory's Well Being Project, and the organization DREAM, Diversity Recruitment Educators Association for Miami Valley, and is collaborating with the Levitt Pavilion for World Indigenous Day Aug 9/10.  



Stephanie's is a two time cancer survivor,  with a lifetime of surgeries (25), an Autism mentor Mom, a "FREE Mom Hugs" Mom for Dayton Pride, and is passionate about improving health care, support services, advancing doctor-patient care, and closing the gap in underserved communities.    

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