2018 Spring Awareness Months Coming Up…

March is Women’s History Month (Persistence & Resistance)

  • Thursday, March 8th-International Women’s Day
  • Saturday, March 10thNIWRC’s Speakers Bureau member Cindy Lynn (Cayuga Nation), presents Recover, Rebuild, Reclaim Self at the International Women’s Day event in Niagara Falls.
  • NOMINATE: Inspiring Native Women from your family or tribal community. In honor of the sacredness of Native women and our ancestral grandmothers, we are sharing some of these women’s stories on our social media platforms, in hopes of honoring their legacies, inspiring others, and celebrating their leadership. If you have a story of an inspiring historic or current Native woman to share, please let us know by sending us a short description and photo! We would love to hear from you–please contact us at [email protected]
  • WEAR ORANGE FOR DV: Sunday, March 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.
  • REGISTER: NIWRC’s Webinar “Sovereignty of the Soul: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America” March 26th, 2018 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT. Understanding the scope of sexual assaults committed against American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) within the context of intimate partner relationships and supporting timely tribal government responses can help reduce the trauma experienced by Native victim survivors of sexual assault. This webinar will focus on historical and contemporary sexual violence experienced by AI/ANs and share policy recommendations focused on the intersection of sexual assault and the related crimes of domestic violence and other related issues and limitations faced by tribal nations. The webinar aims to reduce disparities in the response to sexual assault of tribal victims by increasing awareness of the need for adequate and culturally appropriate responses to sexual assault in tribal communities. Partner/Presenter: Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation) has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014.
  • REGISTER: March 28-30– Workshop Trauma, Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse: Culturally-based Healing, in Rapid City, SD. This workshop is appropriate for advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, housing, social services, medical personnel and community members. Any person working in a helping profession, or has experienced or witnessed addiction and violence will benefit from this workshop. Download more information here-March2018brochureQuestions? Contact Brenda Hill at [email protected] or 605-545-0529 or Karen Artichoker at [email protected] or 605-407-9425.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • SHARE: 30 Days of SAAM digital cards on social media.In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NIWRC will be posting UPDATED digital postcards with facts about sexual violence in Native communities, and our movement to end it, each day this April. We share these with the aim of raising awareness on this severe crisis, encouraging others to join the movement against sexual violence, and raising our voices in the name of tribal sovereignty once again to bring safety to Native nations. Please share these photos with your views on how sexual violence impacts your community, and take a stand using the #ViolenceIsNotMyTradition hashtag!
  • WEAR TEAL: April 3rd-SAAM Day of Action. Wear teal to show your support for victims and survivors of sexual assault.
  • WATCH: April 13th-Screening of Wind River with Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Tribal Coalitions, NIWRC board of directors at Pala Casino Resort & Spa in Pala, CA.
  • WALK for SAAM: Sunday, April 15th-Join the Southern California SAAM Walk on the Pala Indian Reservation. Originally launched at the La Jolla Indian Reservation, the walk today continues by traveling to different Indian reservations throughout Southern California and gathers more than 2,000 participants. For more information, call (760) 742-8628.
  • WEAR ORANGE FOR DV: Wednesday, April 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.
  • DOWNLOAD: February 2018 issue of Restoration magazine with NIWRC’s Speaker’s Bureau member Sarah Deer’s (Muscogee Creek Nation) article Sovereignty of the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Rape Law Reform and Federal Indian Law (page 22-25) and a short article The End of Rape in Native America (page 25) that includes questions tribal communities can ask to address rape in their community.
  • EXPLORE: NIWRC’s Online Resource Library for past webinars, reports, etc.
  • PURCHASE: In preparation for SAAM, the NIWRC announces the availablity of two awareness tools you can use to help raise public awareness about sexual violence in your community. We are offering the Ending Sexual Violence Against Native Women from the Roots Up poster for $5 and Sexual Violence is NOT our Tradition bumper sticker for $1.
  • DOWNLOAD: What To Do When You’re RAPED: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls by the Native Women’s Health Education Resource Center.
  • DOWNLOAD: Tribal Legal Code Resource: Sexual Assault and Stalking Law. A guide for drafting or revising victim-centered tribal law and policy Institute.
  • READ: Addressing Technology Misuse in the Context of Sexual Assault by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. As technology becomes woven into every aspect of society, offenders misuse the technology in sexual assault. Just as the dynamics of sexual assault differ from domestic violence, the misuse of technology looks different when sexual assault occurs outside of an intimate partner relationship.
  • EXPLORE: Child Abuse Prevention Month resources at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/

May is Mothers Day & Awareness Day for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

  • WEAR RED for #MMIW: Saturday, May 5th: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • ORGANIZE for #MMIW: Saturday, May 5th: Read tips, readings, suggestions for organizing a community event at your tribe to honor and bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women! Read here for more information.
  • JOIN: Why We Wear Red social media movement by Native Women in Films and Television. #WhyWeWearRED A National Global Campaign initiative that aims to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, fight sexual harassment, assault, human trafficking, inequality for women in all kinds of workplaces, violence against the land is violence against women.
  • Sunday, May 13th: Mother’s Day!
  • WEAR ORANGE FOR DV: Friday, May 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.
  • LISTEN: The Ongoing Tragedy of Missing Native American Women by Native American Calling, Jan. 2018.The family of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner (Blackfeet) are desperate for information about the 21-year-old. She was last seen in June in Browning Montana. Also, family members of Olivia Lone Bear are offering a reward for information after the 33-year-old mother of five went missing from the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation in October. The two recent cases are a reminder of what advocates say is a serious issue. Canada has made strides in confronting the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women. But there remain gaps in information and solutions about Native American women. Features interviews with Caroline LaPorte (immediate descendant of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) –  senior Native affairs policy advisor for the Strong Hearts Native Help Line and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. with Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant) PhD student at University of Lethbridge.
  • DOWNLOAD: Increasing Public Awareness of Missing and Murdered Native Women, June 2017 issue of Restoration magazine.