2017 Fall Awareness Months Coming Up…

September 2017 is Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month & National Campus Safety Awareness Month

Jennifer Himel, far right, and members of UNiTE to End Violence, wearing orange for domestic violence awareness.
  • Wear Orange: Monday, September 25th: Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment! Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts. Congratulations to Jennifer Himel is of Hopi tribe of Arizona, founder of UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment. Jennifer was mentioned in Indian Country Today’s “Indigenous Women Who Are Making a Difference.”
  • 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.
  • EXPLORE: Domestic Violence and Drug Abuse-Undeniable Connection Resource webpage. Domestic violence (or intimate partner violence) is a violent pattern or behavior that causes harm to a romantic partner. The main goal of the abuser is to take control over the other person. When people get caught in this circle of violence, it is hard to get away from it without help. Usually, the abuser makes the victim think they are worthless and unable to live without them. That is why many victims do not think about leaving.
  • EXPLORE: Start Your Recovery.org-Reliable substance abuse information tailored to you. StartYourRecovery.org offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery. Their goal is to offer people who are dealing with substance use issues a single source of reputable, objective information about signs, symptoms, conditions, treatment options, and resources — presented in a user-friendly format and in language that’s easy to understand.
  • RESOURCE: Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States. This report presents 2016 national estimates of use of alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs (such as, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, as well as the misuse of opioids, prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives), substance use disorders, and substance use treatment among people 12 years of age and older. It Includes national estimates of any mental illness, serious mental illness, major depressive episode, use of mental health services and suicidal ideation among adults ages 18 or older and national estimates of major depressive episode, use of mental health services among adolescents aged 12 to 17. Trend information on these topics are also presented.
  • 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.
  • 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.

October 2017 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • JOIN: NIWRC emailing list. During the month of September & October, NIWRC will be sharing resources to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM resources include; press release, sample tribal resolution (to advocate your tribe to adopt DVAM), ideas for community activities & engagement. We share these with the aim of raising awareness on this severe crisis, encouraging others to join the movement against domestic violence, and raising our voices in the name of tribal sovereignty once again to bring safety to Native nations.
  • SHARE: 31 Days of Domestic Violence cards on social media. We will upload newly designed cards with new content later in the month of September.
  • EXPLORE: Archived NIWRC domestic violence resources. Including; multiple webinars, printed products for dv shelters and programs, and a film.
  • CALL: StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1 (844) 762-8483 during Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm CST. StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. To request brochures, posters and palm cards for your DAVM outreach, please fill out the online form here.
  • WEAR PINK: Thursday, October 19th- 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.
  • WEAR ORANGE: Wednesday, October 25th-Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment!Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts.
  • 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.
  • 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!

November 2017 is Native American Heritage Month

  • WATCH: 11 Essential Native American Films You Can Watch Online Right Now. So you can’t make it to the festivals and big-city arthouse theaters where many of these films screen? Doesn’t matter! Here are 11 Native American films you can watch in your own home, right now on Google Play, YouTube, Amazon Video, iTunes and VUDU and more. Pop some popcorn, dim the lights, and hold your own Native Film Festival.
  • WEAR ORANGE: Saturday, November 25th-Help UNite to End Violence Women’s Empowerment!Organize a morning run, wear orange, take a selfie with your group and post to social media using #UNitetoendviolence & #NIWRCStrongHearts.
  • 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 [email protected]