Program Manager for the Tribal Resource Tool
National Center for Victims of Crime
UAS Survey Leader for
Tribal Nations and Indian Country
Renee Bourque is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Renee currently serves as the Program Manager for the Tribal Resource Tool for the National Center for Victims of Crime
Renee previously served as the Supervisory Victim Specialist (SVS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS), Great Plains Region (District I), overseeing the BIA-OJS- District I, Victim Assistance Program throughout North and South Dakota and Nebraska. Renee has held previous positions as a sworn police officer in Oklahoma (tribal and state), tribal domestic violence/sexual assault advocate. Renee is a contract/adjunct instructor with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and has traveled across the nation to provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies regarding victim issues.
Renee has over 15 years of experience dealing with victims of crime in Indian Country, working on several different reservations including Oklahoma’s complex checkerboard jurisdiction. She has extensive knowledge and experience of assisting victims of violent crime, with an emphasis on crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; in tribal, state, and Federal court settings. Renee’s experience as an advocate and law enforcement officer, provides a unique perspective on systems response in addressing victim’s needs. Renee hopes to use her experience and perspective to raise awareness of the unique issues facing victims in Indian country.
Renee holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK and a Master’s of Science Degree Human Resources (Criminal Justice) from East Central University, Ada, OK. Renee has worked on projects such as the Maze of Injustice with Amnesty International and has been one of the leading voices for Native victims in Oklahoma. Renee has held several different positions on many community and national boards, and has also received letter of acknowledgment from the South Dakota United States Attorney’s Office for work conducted on Pine Ridge Reservation. One of the highlights of Renee’s career was to receive an honoring ceremony from the Oglala Sioux Tribal Prosecutor, Tatewin Means and Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center for service to victims on Pine Ridge Reservation.