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Sovereignty of the Soul: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America

March 26, 2018 • Sarah Deer

Understanding the scope of sexual assaults committed against American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) within the context of intimate partner relationships and supporting timely tribal government responses can help reduce the trauma experienced by Native victim survivors of sexual assault. This webinar will focus on historical and contemporary sexual violence experienced by AI/ANs and share policy recommendations focused on the intersection of sexual assault and the related crimes of domestic violence and other related issues and limitations faced by tribal nations. The webinar aims to reduce disparities in the response to sexual assault of tribal victims by increasing awareness of the need for adequate and culturally appropriate responses to sexual assault in tribal communities.

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The hardships imposed by COVID-19 are numerous, impacting advocates as individuals and their ability to provide advocacy, resources and shelter to domestic violence survivors. Stay-At-Home orders, social distancing and the other necessary steps intended to offer protection from COVID-19, often escalate the danger to victims of domestic violence and create barriers to safety. This webinar explores strategies advocates have created to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, including issues of self-care, shortages of personal protective equipment, outreach, crisis response, shelter and law enforcement and justice systems responses. With no end date in sight for the pandemic, long-term strategies are key to this discussion. Hope and resilience grow stronger when we come together. Hope you will join us!

Trauma Informed Advocacy in the Time of a Pandemic

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Our whole world has changed, our whole way of life has been put on hold. These are truly trying and difficult times for so many people. Tribal domestic violence advocates are struggling to find their footing and respond as best they can under the circumstances, given the lack of resources, tribal infrastructures and an increase in domestic violence. Indigenous people and Tribal Nations experience multiple levels of trauma, including Historical Trauma. All this contributes to our response to the current pandemic. This important webinar will look at how historical trauma influences our responses to COVID-19. It will discuss the impact of social distancing on traditional and cultural practices and it will offer coping strategies that draw upon our spiritual and cultural strengths. As Indigenous Peoples we know that change is a part of our traditions, and this pandemic has brought about a lot of changes to the way we live, work and address safety in our communities. Please join NIWRC staffer Gwendolyn Packard and Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Division of Community Behavioral Health at the University of New Mexico as we look at trauma-informed advocacy in the time of a pandemic.

Issues of Violence Against Native Women with Jordan Marie Daniels

Episode 7 • June 15, 2020

Issues of Violence Against Native Women with Jordan Marie Daniels. Music: "Stadium Pow Wow" | Album: We Are The Halluci Nation (2016) | Artist: A Tribe Called Red (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAEmjW9J3_o) | (http://smarturl.it/ATCRHalluciNation)