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Operation Firefly: Bringing Our Relatives Home

October 25, 2017 • Sunrise Black Bull, LeToy Lunderman

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe was one of the first tribes in the country selected to participate in the Defending Childhood Initiative, raising awareness about children’s exposure to violence. A youth group, born out of this initiative, visited the Carlisle Indian School several years ago. They were shocked to see Sicangu names on some of the headstones in the cemetery. They wanted to bring their relatives home and thus began a long journey of repatriation to identify, remove and re-bury the remains of at least 10 Native American children who died more than a century ago at Carlisle Indian school. Carlisle is a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania whose mission was to strip the students from their traditions and replace them with European culture. Please join this important webinar presentation by advocates from the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) and members of the WBCWS youth group as they share their powerful story, a story that speaks to the roots of violence, especially intimate partner violence, in our communities and the strength, courage and vision of our youth in promoting health and healing. [The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS) shelter in Mission SD provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. WBCWS is one of the oldest tribal domestic violence programs in the country.] Presented by Sunrise Black Bull & LeToy Lunderman, Advocates WBCS, members of the youth group and will be facilitated by Gwendolyn Packard, NIWRC Training & Technical Assistance Specialist.

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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!

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June 24, 2020 • Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart

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)