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.
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
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.