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MAY 2021 NEWSLETTER

    The National Week of Action for MMIWG Continues!

    The 2021 National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is in full swing with events and activities leading up to May 5th National Day of Awareness. Together, NIWRC and our National Partners Work Group on MMIWG are issuing a call to action to end this injustice. Make sure to join this week’s events, including NIWRC’s webinar uplifting the voices of surviving family members of MMIW on May 5th at 1 p.m. MDT. Enough is enough—not one more stolen sister. Wear red on May 5th and share photos on social media holding the ‘No More Stolen Sisters’ poster using #MMIWGActionNow. Make sure to sign on to support May 5th as the National Day of Awareness!

     

    Register by May 21 to Get Your Swag Bag in Time for WAS

    The 2021 Women Are Sacred (WAS) Conference is right around the corner! Our staff is preparing to ship swag bags for all conference attendees, so make sure to register by May 21 to receive your swag bag in time for WAS. Women Are Sacred is a three-day virtual conference providing training opportunities, presentations, and keynote addresses by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence. It is one of the largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal leaders, community members, law enforcement, and tribal court personnel. Register today! Conference details including the draft agenda here.

     

    Save The Date – 16th Annual Govt-to-Govt VAW Tribal Consultation (August 17-20)

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency and uncertainty, this year’s Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation will be held August 17-20, 2021, through four afternoon online sessions. The Department of Justice has determined that an online consultation is the best means to protect the safety and health of tribal leaders and others who usually attend this consultation in person. The consultation testimony sessions are open to federally recognized, tribally elected and appointed leaders or their authorized designee to provide oral testimony. Registration and additional information and resources will be posted soon on the OVW consultation website. For questions regarding registration or submission of testimony, contact TribalConsultation@support.eventPower.com. For general questions, contact TribalConsultationSupport@chickasaw.com.

     

    Operation Lady Justice Listening Session / Roundtable for Grassroots Organizations (May 7)

    The Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, also known as Operation Lady Justice, is hosting a Listening Session/Roundtable Discussion set on May 7, 2021, from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET. This Listening Session/Roundtable Discussion is intended for grassroots organizations working in Tribal communities or with Tribal members on the issues surrounding missing person or murder cases. The session will be split into two parts, with public comments from one member of each organization and a series of questions for anyone on the call to address. Speakers from organizations will be called upon in the order in which their registration is received. Visit the Operation Lady Justice Website for registration information and to register.

     

    StrongHearts Native Helpline: Sharing Our Stories 2020 Year-End Report

    This valuable report includes a timeline, accomplishments and victim-survivor data from StrongHearts Native Helpline. Download the report here.

     

    Call for Nominations: Indigenous Stories of Strength

    The Indigenous Stories of Strength Virtual Showcase aims to highlight the innovations, cultural teachings, and collective action of Indigenous communities to promote wellness of all forms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations are due June 1 and should highlight examples of Indigenous strength and survival that illuminate leadership from individuals, groups, and/or communities related to the global pandemic. Select nominees will be invited to submit works to be included in a web-based Virtual Showcase that will be shared nationally. Up to 20 nominees will be selected and will receive recognition in the showcase and during a virtual celebration/launch event, along with a $500 stipend. Learn more and submit a nomination here.

     

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