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JANUARY 2020

    January is National Stalking Awareness Month and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

    As Native women in the United States face some of the highest rates of violent victimization for stalking and sex trafficking, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center strongly supports the efforts to raise awareness of these crimes as part of National Stalking Awareness Month and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Each and every Native person has the right to feel safe in their own homes and communities. Read NIWRC's statement and find resources to help support victims in your community.

     

    New Resource: SOAR for Native Communities Training for Human Trafficking

    Through a public health approach, the SOAR for Native Communities free online training helps those serving indigenous populations to better understand human trafficking and its impact on Native communities. The training includes resources relevant to indigenous populations and supports professionals in building trauma-informed and culturally responsive interventions to human trafficking in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Learn more and register for the free training here.

     

    Save the Date: First National Conference on Safe Housing - October 27-30, 2020

    Join a national network of service providers, advocates, grassroots organizations and leaders for the first National Conference on Safe Housing addressing the housing needs of domestic violence/sexual assault survivors, communities of color, and marginalized populations, held October 27-30, 2020. Conference attendees will explore best practices, evidence-based approaches, and innovative safe housing solutions. Participants will also have an opportunity to help develop a national safe housing agenda designed to improve systems and decrease barriers while also striving to create more comprehensive and equitable options for all survivors. The Call for Proposals is now open through January 31, 2020.

    NIWRC to Receive Partial Royalties From Adapted Play

    The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center will receive a donation of 25 percent of all future royalties earned from the updated story Peter Pan and Wendy, currently running at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Adapted by playwright Lauren Gunderson, Peter Pan and Wendy is a reimagination of the play for the next generation, where she worked to remove its racist and sexist themes, particularly for one character: Tiger Lily. In the classic version, Tiger Lily is portrayed as a stereotypical Native “princess,” now retold as a strong Native female activist. “When I think about my own personal feminism and the struggle women have throughout the world,” Gunderson said, “giving back has become fundamental to me.” Donate to NIWRC here.

     

    New Sex Trafficking, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Shelter Opens in South Dakota

    Norma Rendon has been fighting to protect women and children from violence and sex crimes since the mid-1970s. In late November, Rendon opened up Winyan Wicanyuonihan Oyanke (Where All Women Are Honored) on the campus of Sioux San. A major part of her program is healing; this means healing in all aspects of life including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. This reconnection to spirituality is important in the lives of the women she serves. Learn more about the Winyan Wicanyuonihan Oyate in the Native Sun News Today. 

     

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