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
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.
Safety for Native Women: VAWA 101 Primer
April 30, 2018 • Caroline LaPorte and Jacqueline Agtuca
In 2013, the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized. This reauthorization included new amendments that directly impacted tribal communities and victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. This webinar will give an overview of Title IX of the Violence Against Women Act. Facilitators, Jacqueline Agtuca and Caroline LaPorte will go through Title IX section by section to provide tribal coalitions with a foundational review of VAWA Title IX, including important consultation mandates and processes for change.
Transforming Care in Tribal Communities for Sexual Assault Survivors Through Partnership and Technol
April 18, 2018 • Joan Meunier-Sham and Carey Onsae
For many remote Indian communities, it often is difficult to create, develop and sustain trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services and resources as part of a health response for Indigenous women who have been sexually violated. Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) have specialized training, education, and experience in providing quality forensic medical examinations and patient-centered care to survivors. Given high medical staff turnover, it is challenging to keep SANE nurses on staff in tribal community health care facilities. Join us for this webinar to learn how the National TeleNursing Center, Hopi Health Care Center, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and Hopi-Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse are working effectively in partnership to respond using telemedicine to the needs of victims of sexual assault living on tribal lands with limited resources.