Join us in this special celebration, taking place on ADWAS’ 36th Anniversary, to light the Pathway to Healing for Survivors and their families. This event is a benefit for Survivors which will include Keynote Speaker, Sarah Young Bear-Brown, the announcement of 2022’s Marilyn J. Smith Award Recipient, and a special invitation to commit to fight against racism, promote equity, and social justice.


  • Friday, March 25th, 2022
  • 10am-11am PST
  • Online via Zoom
  • Free to register
  • In ASL with English voice interpretation
  • For access requests: email

Sarah Young Bear-Brown

A woman with dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and tan skin. She is wearing a black floral lace shirt with a necklace and is smiling in front of an award with her name on it.

Hoat! Sarah Young Bear-Brown/tti-ka-mi-ge-a is a member of the Sac&Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa – the Meskwaki Nation. She currently resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Sarah is a mother of two young children. She went to Iowa School for the Deaf and attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND. She walks in two different worlds; as a Meskwaki and Deaf woman. 

Sarah is currently vice chair for Native American Caucus for Iowa Democratic Party, a member of the Deaf Poor People Campaign. She believes in Human Rights. 

Sarah has been an Activist/Advocate for the Indigenous Deaf Community since 2014. She founded “Gathering of Deafatives” for the Indigenous Deaf Community. Also advocated and protested with the No DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) at Standing Rock, Line 3 in Minnesota and supports the MMIW (Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women) Movement. She is working as ASL storyteller, Deaf Interpreter, and Motivation speaker. She was invited to White House’s Roundtable for Native Disabled on September 2021. She was awarded for leader for Hamilton Relay in 2016. And She was one of Native American 40 Under 40 Honoree for National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development for 2021. 

Sarah owns a small business called SAYBB Creations Beadwork and she has been creating beadwork for 22 years, starting at age 15. She is a 5th Generation beadworker, following her mother, Mary Young Bear’s path as a beadwork artist. Mary is one of Iowa women Hall of Fame in 2020.