2018 Fall Awareness Months Coming Up…

September is National Recovery Month and National Campus Safety Awareness Month!

  • Tuesday, September 25th: Wear Orange, take a selfie with your friends & post to social media tagging #NIWRCStrongHeartsand #UnitetoEndViolence in efforts to end violence against women internationally! This supports the UN Project: Native Women’s Empowerment group.
  • REGISTER: Wednesday, September 19th-NIWRC Webinar “Building Girls’ Protective Assets in Indian Country: Intentional Girl-Centered Program Design.” The webinar will describe how the protective assets approach is being adapted for girls in Indian Country, and how you can join an initiative to help you build such a program in your own community. Protective assets are strengths and skills held by girls which can help them stay safer, weather a crisis, and better plan for the future. Protective assets can include: a strong female support network; a safety plan; knowledge of her people’s culture and history; having all identification documents she is eligible for; knowing how and where to apply for educational and social benefits; financial literacy; a starter savings account; and others. Girl-centered protective asset programs have been shown to help girls in different parts of their lives.
  • Are you on a student campus? Sign up for a free webinar and explore resources to help your planning activities for National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
  • WATCH: “Domestic Violence Safety Issues When Meth Is Present.” NIWRC Recorded webinar-May 17, 2017: Methamphetamine has been identified as one of the largest threats to public safety in Indian Country. Tribal sources have attributed it to higher rates of domestic violence, assaults, burglaries, and child abuse and neglect on reservations and in tribal communities. 74% of tribal police forces rank meth as the greatest drug threat to their communities; 40-50% of violent crime cases investigated by the FBI in Indian country involve meth in some capacity; and 64% of tribal police indicate an increase in domestic violence and assault/battery.  The complex nature of criminal jurisdiction on Indian reservations, along with historically under funded and understaffed health care, treatment facilities and law enforcement have resulted in major challenges for tribes to address this problem.
  • WATCH: NIWRC’s Webinar “Framing the Issues: Looking at the Opioid Epidemic in the Context of Trauma and Domestic Violence.” (Published June 2018) This timely and important webinar will provide an overview of what is known about the opioid epidemic and will focus on the specific concerns of Indian communities and tribal domestic violence programs and shelters.  It will lay the foundation for the exploding opioid epidemic and will examine the intersections between trauma, domestic violence and the opioid epidemic and explore innovative approaches to addressing these complex issues.
  • Wanting to plan a Recovery Month event in your community? Use this toolkit from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A list of personal recovery stories are available in video here.
  • Get Help through Alcoholics Anonymous is an Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
  • Get Help through Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. We offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Our name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Membership is free, and we have no affiliation with any organizations outside of NA including governments, religions, law enforcement groups, or medical and psychiatric associations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

  • Monday, October 8th: Indigenous Peoples Day or Indian Solidarity Day
  • Thursday, October 18th: Wear pink for Indigenous Pink Day,  a national breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. The American Indian Cancer Foundation asks men and women of all ages to wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian/Alaska Native women. The goal of Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings.
  • Thursday, October 25th: Wear Orange, take a selfie with your friends & post to social media tagging #NIWRCStrongHeartsand #UnitetoEndViolence in efforts to end violence against women internationally! This supports the UN Project: Native Women’s Empowerment group.
  • DOWNLOAD: “Safety Guide.” This brochure gives women a guide for enhancing their personal safety and that of family members, while outlining tactics of power and control over women. The Safety Guide is also useful in community education efforts.
  • WATCH: NIWRC’s Webinar “Why Do Women Stay?” This webinar will address the multitude of factors that affect the safety and well-being of women and children living with domestic violence. This webinar will try to help society understand why we need to shift our focus from asking why women stay to asking “Why do men abuse women?”
  • SHARE: Is your community hosting your own candle lit walk? Self-defense classes? Please share these photos with your views on how domestic violence impacts your community, and take a stand against domestic violence using the#ViolenceIsNotMyTradition hashtag!
  • WATCH/SHARE: Domestic Violence Video Resource Highlights: 1. Buffalo Nickel Creative’s Tihirasa – Pawnee Nation Healing Center for Domestic & Sexual Violence It Ends Where it Begins – Anti-Domestic Violence PSA and To The Indigenous Woman. 2. Native Daughters video NDV OmahaSecret. 3. LISTEN: NET News “An Epidemic Of Violence: Nebraska Native Women Struggle to Break the Cycle.

November is Native American Heritage Month

  • Saturday, November 25th-International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
  • Saturday, November 25th: Wear Orange, take a selfie with your friends & post to social media tagging #NIWRCStrongHeartsand #UnitetoEndViolence in efforts to end violence against women internationally! This supports the UN Project: Native Women’s Empowerment group.
  • Tuesday, November 27th-Give Back Tuesdays: https://www.givingtuesday.org/
  • November is Native American Heritage Month, learn more at https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
  • SHARE: Your organization or community is doing to celebrate Native American Heritage History Month and we’ll promote them on our social media accounts! Send your event to predcorn@niwrc.org.