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APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER

    First Look! NIWRC Recognizes 10-Year Anniversary with a New Logo and Website

    In honor of 10 years of grassroots advocacy, we are pleased to share our redesigned website and logo! Our website (niwrc.org) serves as a critical connection point for tribes, advocates, programs and survivors committed to ending violence against Native women and children. “With more advocates staying home due to COVID-19 and increased momentum on issues like missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, our team knew it was crucial to strengthen our connections virtually and provide the most user-friendly experience for our relatives,” said Lucy Simpson, NIWRC Executive Director. “Our new logo really speaks to the strength of Indigenous women and signifies the deep connection to the number four as Native people - four stages of life, four sacred medicines, four directions. We are looking forward to serving our relatives for the next 10 years of the NIWRC journey.” Explore our new website here.

     

    Register for ‘Creating a Circle of Safety’ Webinar this April

    In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), NIWRC will highlight the work of the Ogitchidakwe Council in St. Paul MN in creating a Circle of Safety for victim/survivors of rape and sexual violence. Although there has been a huge public outcry and federal policy reform in response to the high rates of rape and sexual violence against Indigenous women, far too many victim/survivors are still not believed and perpetrators are not being held accountable. This webinar focuses on the work of a group of Indigenous elders, in one community, that created a safe place to talk about sexual violence while continuously providing community awareness, education and prevention activities and offering traditional healing and cultural sharing opportunities. Register for this event and find more SAAM resources through our joint statement here.

     

    Tribal Coalition Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Throughout April, several tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions are hosting a range of training and awareness activities in support of survivors of sexual violence and grassroots advocates. Here are just some of these exciting events, though we encourage you to check out all of the tribal coalition websites for more information:

     

    Reminder: Nominate an Outstanding Advocate for the WAS Tillie Black Bear Award

    This year, make sure to submit a nomination for the Tillie Black Bear Memorial Award, created to recognize outstanding grassroots advocates and direct service providers that exemplify the teachings and dedication that Tillie instilled in restoring safety for Native women. The nominee would embody advocacy in action, grassroots organizing, or leadership in the movement to restore safety for Native women. NIWRC honors the legacy of Wa Wokiya Win (Tillie Black Bear), Sicangu Lakota, through this award, which will be presented virtually during the Women Are Sacred Conference this June 8-10, 2021. All nominations must be received by Friday, May 14, 2021. Plus, don’t forget to register for the WAS Conference!

     

    Join the 2021 National Week of Action for MMIWG

    NIWRC and our National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are organizing a full National Week of Action (April 29-May 5) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Native families, advocates, and Indigenous nations continue to rise up to challenge the silence, tolerance, and inaction in response to the crisis of MMIWG. We encourage all individuals and organizations to take action by participating in these virtual events and organizing additional actions in your communities on and around May 5th. Join us in saying ‘enough is enough’—not one more stolen sister. View all events and sign on to support May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG.

     

    Sign Up: ‘Extractive Industries and Sex Trafficking of Native Women and Youth’ Webinar

    Around the world, extractive industries have “triggered violent conflicts, degraded the environment, worsened gender and other inequalities, displaced communities, and undermined democratic governance,” according to the UN Development Program. In the US oil industry, service providers in areas near camps surrounding large-scale oil extraction facilities, such as the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota, have reported that sex traffickers have exploited women in the area, including Native American women. The Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc. is extracting on northern Minnesota reservations and there are increasing stories about minors and women being sold for sex in the community. On April 15, we will hear from experts and advocates who are organizing against extraction efforts. These advocates will explain how and why these activities do not only harm the environment but how Native people are paying a price. Sign up for the webinar here.

     

    Calling all Tribal Programs and Shelters: Request Free Bathing Bundles!

    NIWRC is offering free essential oil body and face soaps to tribal programs and shelters serving relatives in need. These soaps feature handmade, vegan, natural moisturizing soaps without chemical preservatives, scented with essential oils such as clary, white sage, and cedar that evoke a calming effect and have traditionally promoted healing. Providing natural, environmentally friendly, and traditional medicine in these items can improve the situation for relatives who are experiencing transition out of trauma. Each hand-made bundle includes a travel-size 1oz. herbal facial soap and travel-size 1oz. moisturizing bath/shampoo essential oil bar that is presented in a reusable cotton bag. We encourage tribal programs and shelters to request a shipment of Bathing Bundles here. Please share widely!

     

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