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FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

    Lifting Up Voices of Native Youth and Teens for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Across Indian Country, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is an important opportunity to listen to and talk with youth and teens about healthy relationships and dating violence. As Native people, relationships represent our sacred connections with each other, grounded in the traditional understanding that ‘we are all related.’ However, we also know relationships are challenging and especially so for Native youth and teens that are exploring romantic relationships for the first time. Our young relatives deserve healthy, respectful love. Read our joint TDVAM statement with StrongHearts Native Helpline and Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. Plus, join our TDVAM Twitter Chat on 2/12, check out our Native TDVAM social media guide, and share our #NativeLoveIs Instagram Challenge all month long!

     

    Register for March Webinar - Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence: What are the Connections?

    We know that domestic violence is a pattern of abuse and that victims are experience repeated instances of physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual violence. Traumatic brain injuries are often the result of repeated physical abuse and are cumulative and not unlike those experienced by athletes who have had multiple concussions. This important webinar on 3/17 will discuss the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury (TBI), strategies for advocates, the importance of trauma-informed approaches and provide valuable resources to strengthen our advocacy and understanding TBI effects. Sign up here.

     

    Save the Date - Virtual Women are Sacred Conference: June 8-10, 2021

    Calling all advocates and community members, NIWRC’s Women Are Sacred Conference (WAS) is going virtual! WAS is one of the largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal leaders and community members, law enforcement, and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against Indian women and children. Our 2021 conference will provide virtual training opportunities, presentations, and keynote addresses by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence on various topics focused on supporting tribal nations, tribal domestic violence programs and tribal community-based programs. More information about registration and the conference agenda will be available soon on the WAS conference website.

     

    VAWA Sovereignty Initiative: Amicus Brief Officially Filed in U.S. v. Cooley

    On January 15, 2021, NIWRC, joined by 11 Tribal Nations and 44 non-profit organizations committed to justice and safety for Native women, officially filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Cooley, a case that centers on whether the United States District Court for the District of Montana erred in suppressing evidence on the theory that a Crow Tribal police officer lacked authority to temporarily detain and search Mr. James Cooley, a non-Indian, on a public right-of-way within the Crow Indian Reservation, based on a potential violation of state or federal law. Last summer, the Crow Tribe led a group of dozens of tribal amici curiae participants supporting the United States’ petition for Supreme Court review. The Crow Tribe, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Native American Rights Fund also requested that the Supreme Court grant cert. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case during the 2021 Term. NIWRC sends our deepest appreciation to all of the Tribal Nations, advocates and allies who have joined this effort as part of our VAWA Sovereignty Initiative.

     

    Human Trafficking

    January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and StrongHearts Native Helpline is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing information about resources available to victim-survivors and their families. Human trafficking can happen to anyone, but statistics show that people of color and LGBTQ2S suffer the highest rates of victimization. These populations are made vulnerable through centuries of generational trauma, historic oppression, discrimination and racism. Social and economic inequities play a significant role in their victimization. Link to article.

    Race and Education Webinar Feat. NIWRC Executive Director Lucy Simpson This Thursday

    According to a 2019 GLSEN survey, more than 56% of Native & Indigenous LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their gender expression. We know race affects the educational experience. We also know a students’ gender identity and expression can affect the educational experience. But how do race and gender identity/expression together affect education outcomes? During their 2/4 Race and Education webinar, The Hunt Institute will explore how gender and racism intersect in the education system and what students need in order to lead meaningful and joyful lives. Join the conversation to hear from Lucy Rain Simpson of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Sophia Arredondo of GLSEN, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Carlos Velazquez of Boys’ Club New York. Register for the webinar here.

     

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