Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women 2017: Why Attendance of Indian Tribes Is Urgent

September 25, 2017 • Virginia Davis, Juana Majel, Jacqueline Agtuca, Dorma Sahneyah

VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. The report from the 2016 consultation is available here. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women. Tribal Title, Section 903 Tribal Consultation Mandate The Tribal Consultation Mandate is found in Title IX. Safety for Indian Women §903. It specifically directs the Attorney General, Secretary of HHA and Secretary of Interior to conduct an annual consultation with Indian tribal governments concerning the federal administration of tribal funds and programs established under the Violence Against Women Act. During such consultations, DOJ, HHS, and DOI are required to solicit recommendations from Indian tribes concerning three specific areas: (1) Administering tribal funds and programs (2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (3) Strengthening the federal response to such violent crimes In addition to these three general topics, the agencies also often release “framing papers” or consultation questions in advance of the consultation. Those have not yet been distributed, but we will circulate them as soon as they become available. 12th Annual Government to Government On Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation: When: October 3-4, 2017 Where: We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, AZ For more information go to: and logistical information will be available soon at:

Reviving the Movement: Voices of Advocates

August 22, 2017 • Karen Artichoker & Eileen Hudon

Indigenous advocates have played a critical role in speaking out against violence and injustice. They have brought national attention to the diversity and unique needs in tribal communities. They have readily and thoughtfully informed national policy based on their own experience and the experiences of survivors, families and communities. They have taught us and continue to teach us to be good relatives and better human beings. They have continuously contributed to this ever-expanding movement to address the multitude and complexity of issues facing tribal nations, Indian communities and Alaska Native villages. Join us in listening to the voices of Indigenous advocates who have helped create, shape, and grow this powerful movement to end violence against Indian women and children in tribal communities. Following this webinar presentation you are invited to reflect and share your insights and the work going forward, including challenges, successes, lessons learned, contributions, and our legacy in this global movement. Facilitated by Gwendolyn Packard, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, NIWRC

Domestic Violence Safety Issues When Meth is Present

May 17, 2017 • Walter Lamar & Lerene Thomas

Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

May 5th, 2017 as the First National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls • May 5, 2017 • Carmen O'Leary, Cherrah Giles, Christopher Foley, Shirley Moses, Tami Truett Jerue

In 2005, the movement for the safety of Native women led the struggle to include under the Violence Against Women Act a separate title for Native women called Safety for Indian Women. One of the findings of this title was that during the period of 1979 through 1992, homicide was the third-leading cause of death of Indian females aged 15 to 34, and 75 percent were killed by family members or acquaintances. Since that time, a study by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. Over the last decade awareness of this national issue has increased but more must be done at all levels to stop the disappearances and save lives. To address an issue it must first be acknowledged. Please join us on May 5th as we honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and together increase our national awareness. Partnering organizations: Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Healing Native Hearts Coalition, Indian Law Resource Center, Sacred Hoop Coalition, Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, National Congress of American Indians.

Protecting the Seventh Generation

IPV, its Effect on our Children, and the Solution of Resiliency • April 28, 2017 • Victoria Sweet, Haley Merrill, Dr. Alaina Szlachta, and Caroline LaPorte

The goal for this webinar is for participants to engage in critical thinking about how their coalition/advocates and communities are actively practicing resiliency with youth who witness or experience domestic violence/intimate partner violence in their homes. Our panel consists of Victoria Sweet from NCJFCJ, Haley Merrill from CASA, Dr. Alaina Szlachta, PHD from NDVH, and Caroline LaPorte from NIWRC.

Coming Together to Address Human Trafficking in Native Communities

April 26, 2017 • Jenna Novak and Lisa Heth

Women Are Sacred: Our Grandmothers Stories and the Movement to Bring Safety to Native Nations

November 19, 2014

Hopi Sexual Assault Tele-Nursing Project: Enhancing Safety for Victims of Sexual Violence

May 4, 2016

Addressing Tribal Victims of Crime

March 30, 2016

Restoration of Family Values and Healthy Community Characteristics

September 23, 2015

Understanding Trauma and Mental Health in the Context of Domestic Violence Advocacy

May 20, 2015

Namelehuapono: Culture and Place-based Healing for Violence Against Native Hawaiian Women

April 15, 2015

Providing a Response to Sexual Violence Remote From the Emergency Room: IHS Four Directions

April 14, 2015

Native Wellness: HIV/AIDS

March 11, 2015

Native Teens: Meeting Them Where They Are and Promoting Their Leadership

February 18, 2015

Effective Social Media Advocacy Strategies

February 17, 2015

Firearms and Tribal Policy

September 30, 2014

Stalking Awareness Month 2015

January 13, 2015

Why Women Stay, Why Women Leave

October 22, 2014

NativeLove Launch

February 11, 2015

Seeing the Wendigo: Sex Trafficking Part 2

January 7, 2015