The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is pleased to announce that its project, the StrongHearts Native Helpline, is moving this winter from Austin, Texas, to its permanent home in Eagan, Minnesota, a city in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area where its national headquarters will be based.
“We are proud to call Minnesota as StrongHearts’ new home because of its rich Native history, Native population, and its status as a hub for Native-led organizations,” said StrongHearts Assistant Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). “Organizations in Minnesota are also known for being very proactive and progressive in the work that is being done around domestic violence, which goes hand-in-hand with basing our operations in a supportive environment with a built-in network that fits StrongHearts’ mission and goals.”
StrongHearts (1-844-762-8483), a partnered project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, serves as an anonymous, confidential, peer-to-peer helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives affected by domestic violence and dating violence. Advocates are available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. After hours callers have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or may call back the next business day. To date, StrongHearts has received more than 1,200 calls.
StrongHearts’ Lori Jump Receives Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award
On December 7, 2018, Assistant Director of the StrongHearts Native Helpline Lori Jump was recognized for her lifetime service to victims and survivors of crime in Indian Country during the closing ceremony of the 16th Annual Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime in Palm Springs, California. Jump was awarded the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award alongside four fellow strong-hearted leaders in the movement to end violence in Tribal communities as well.
Bonnie “Sim‐sin” Heavy Runner, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, grew up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana. Heavy Runner was a strong advocate for victims in Indian Country, serving as a tribal court judge, administrator and consultant before she walked on in 1997. Her legacy award continues to honor individuals and organizations serving Native people impacted by violence. The awards are presented by Bonnie’s surviving family members at each Indian Nations Conference. Special thanks to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for coordinating this year’s event. The NIWRC-StrongHearts team is so proud of all of Lori’s hard work. Congratulations, Lori!