The NIWRC Native Love youth project tunes into the voices of youth to hear what NativeLove means to them and how it can inform our work as advocates. NativeLove is re-launching during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2016, with media campaigns, tribal school visits, community events, toolkits, building and sharing new resources, how to promote youth leadership, and information about the NativeLove youth ambassadorship. NativeLove hopes to galvanize Native youth and lend volume to their voices in recognizing healthy relationships by engaging them in a positive way with interactive opportunities for youth-to-youth-to-community relationship building. This webinar will describe the project, provide links to growing toolkits for educators and youth advocates, toolkits and resources for youth/teen/college-age students for healthy relationship living; describe promotional materials and share how we connect to youth through media technology; share important learnings from Native youth about their value of weaving old and new traditions for adults who are supporting youth in tribal nation/community/villages; and what is successful and comfortable youth participation. What does Native Love mean to youth? How do we support healthy NativeLove? Let’s visit about it. The NativeLove Top Winner is Kristen Butcher from Cahuilla Nation! Kristen is Lakota of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an enrolled member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Nation in Thermal, California. Faith Morreo, Kristen’s mother shared: “She (Kristen) serves on her Tribal Youth Council of Torres Martinez. Kristen is a champion teen jingle dress dancer as well and believes in keeping her traditions and culture alive! She is learning to speak fluent Desert Cahuilla, as taught by her grandmother, Christina Morreo. She also is a champion teen bird dancer, of our region in Southern California. We are so pleased to hear the great news that she won the NativeLove Challenge!”
NativeLove Project Webinar
February 29, 2016 • Rebbeca Balog, Princella RedCorn, Tara Azure
Framing the Issues: Looking at the Opioid Epidemic in the Context of Trauma and Domestic Violence
June 13, 2018 • Dr. Carole Warshaw and Gwendolyn Packard
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.
Indigenizing VAWA and VOCA Through Tribal Grassroots Organizing and Movement Building
May 18, 2018 • Virginia Davis, Juana Majel-Dixon, Caroline LaPorte, and Jacqueline Agtuca
This webinar will provide updates on recent VAWA reauthorization efforts and the importance of continued advocacy for a permanent VOCA fix for a dedicated tribal funding stream under the Crime Victims Fund (CVF). While a historic victory was achieved by the provision of tribal funding under the CVF in the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill, the Department of Justice is pressed to award $133 million to Indian tribes before September 30, 2018. Discussion will also focus on concerns and challenges the timing of this award presents for tribes. Tribal grassroots organizing efforts have been and will continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring changes made in federal laws and policies are rooted in the needs and experiences of tribal victims/survivors and tribal governments. Please join NCAI VAW Task Force Co-Chairs and facilitators from NCAI and NIWRC for a discussion of these critically important matters, which will continue through the NCAI Violence Against Women Task Force Meeting at Midyear in Kansas City, Missouri.