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SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

    TODAY - Register Now for NIWRC 9/2 Webinar Ahead of Annual Tribal Consultation in October

    Tribal leaders, make sure you and your community are heard by registering to participate in the virtual 15th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, October 27-30, 2020. Ahead of the consultation, we encourage you to sign up for NIWRC’s September 2 webinar, “Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Indian Women (VAWA 2013, Section 903),” designed to help Tribal leaders and advocates prepare for this event. NIWRC organized this webinar in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians and the Alaska Native Women's Resource Center. We also encourage you to read Restoration of Sovereignty and Safety for Native Women magazine for an overview of consultation, along with priority issues and key recommendations.

     

    Help Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month with #NativeDVAM Campaign

    In recognition of the upcoming efforts to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) this October, NIWRC invites survivors of violence, Tribal governments and communities, programs, and advocates to participate in this year’s push for awareness of domestic violence and its impact on Native communities. Explore NIWRC’s DVAM Resource Page for upcoming webinars and events, information, and advocacy tools to support your community’s efforts. Don’t forget to check out our DVAM webinars, including “Tillie Black Bear ‘Women Are Sacred’ Day: WoLakota—Honoring, Respecting, and Being a Good Relative” on October 1. As relatives, it is our responsibility to speak out against domestic violence and ensure the voices of Native survivors are heard.

     

    Join Campaign to Honor and Demand Justice for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places

     

    Continuing through September 11, the family of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Pipestem Law, and NIWRC invite you—and anyone who agrees that the lives of Native women and girls are to be valued—to join the #JusticeforKaysera campaign. Help us demand action in the case of Kaysera (Crow/Northern Cheyenne), who was 18 years old when her body was found in the backyard of a Hardin, Montana home yet local law enforcement could not determine the cause of her death. Use hashtag #JusticeforKaysera to help amplify her story. More information and upcoming events will be continuously updated on the Justice for Kaysera Facebook Page and on the Pipestem Law website.

     

    Now Available: Apply for NIWRC On-Site or Virtual Technical Assistance Opportunity

    NIWRC just announced the availability of On-Site or Virtual Technical Assistance to tribal domestic violence programs and shelters. In FY 2021, NIWRC has funding to provide up to three days of direct on-site or virtual technical assistance in four (4) tribal locations. This technical assistance opportunity is designed to support tribal capacity enhancement in responding to domestic violence and to strengthen advocacy services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking. FVPSA tribal grantees are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this online form by September 30, 2020, to be considered for this opportunity. Questions? Send us an email at ta@niwrc.org.

     

    Upcoming Training: “Report Writing in Tribal Domestic and Sexual Violence Cases”

    Join the Southwest Center for Law and Policy for this free law enforcement training on "Report Writing in Tribal Domestic and Sexual Violence Cases" on September 21 at 10 a.m. MT. Dr. James D. Diamond, Dean of Academic Affairs at the National Tribal Trial College, will provide practical tips on documenting witness and suspect statements, overcoming hearsay, and diagramming the crime scene to increase successful prosecution and conviction rates. This one-hour course is sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice and may enable participants to earn one hour of free Continuing Legal Education [CLE] or Continuing Education Units [CEU] in their jurisdiction. Register for the webinar here.

     

    Register for NIWRC 9/16 Webinar, "Domestic Violence & Disabilities"

    We know that American Indian/Alaska Native women experience some of the highest rates for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, homicide at the hands of an intimate partner, and missing and murdered. Women with disabilities are of double risk for violence and abuse. This webinar, scheduled for September 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. MT, will offer data on American Indian/Alaska Native disabilities in equal access, fair accommodations, and an opportunity to make powerful contributions to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Sign up for the September 16 webinar here.

     

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