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    Sign Up: ‘Enhancing Tribal/State Relations for Tribal DV Programs in Oregon’ Webinar

    In 2006, the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) established a joint formula for the equitable distribution of non-competitive federal and state grants. In 2012, the nine federally recognized tribes were added to the formula. In 2018 and 2020, additional changes to the formula led to allocation increases for tribal programs. This webinar presentation, scheduled for August 11, 2021, will highlight the work of Desiree’ Coyote, Family Violence Services Program Manager with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Diana Fleming, with the Oregon Department of Justice in developing and implementing an equitable distribution of funding for tribal domestic violence programs in Oregon. Register for the webinar here.

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    Stronghearted Advocate Jane Root of the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition Retires

    The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center heartily congratulates Executive Director of the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition (WWC) Jane Root on the announcement of her retirement from her trailblazing work in the movement for safety for Native women. As she writes in the WWC July Newsletter, “My heart is full of gratitude for the privilege I’ve had the past twenty-three years working first as the Director and Advocate for the Maliseet Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Center and then as a trainer and technical assistance provider to the advocates at each of the five Wabanaki Advocacy Centers as Executive Director for the Wabanaki Women’s Coalition. Every survivor I worked with and every Advocate I assisted has left their mark on me. I am the woman I am today because of them.” From all of us here at NIWRC, we are truly honored and humbled to have worked with Jane and wish her well on her journey ahead. We also want to warmly welcome Donna Brown to her new position as the WWC Executive Director.

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    Register Now for ‘Advocacy in Indian Country’ Workshop, September 20-22

    Registration is now open for the in-person Foundation and Key Principles: Strengthening the Role of Advocacy in Indian Country Workshop, September 20-22, 2021, at the Hampton Inn & Suites Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico. The foundation of advocates’ role in Indian Country is built upon our indigenous understanding of our relationships and roles as Relatives in the context of historical and ongoing dynamics of colonization. The key principles of advocacy come from indigenous cultural beliefs and values, and encompass concepts of resilience, trauma-informed approaches and sovereignty. These are the themes of this workshop with a focus on the dynamics and impact of battering/intimate partner violence, particularly on Native women. Advocates’ role in social change initiatives outside of shelter doors is also addressed. View agenda here.

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    Sign Up Now - Coming Together to Heal Our Tribal Communities, August 4-6

    Picking up where last year’s training left off, Bay Mills Indian Community sets out to host its third annual Noojimo’iwewin: A VAWA and ICWA Training, August 4-6, 2021. The event will be both in-person at the Bay Mills Horizon Center and online. The training covers a variety of topics including: Intimate Partner Violence, Working Collaboratively to Support Victims, Legal Updates from Indian Country, The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Epidemic, Violence against Children, Secondary Trauma and Self-Care, Tribal Courts and Programs, and Working with Victims of Sexual Assault. Speakers include local advocates, service providers, tribal judges, attorneys, and more. Virtual registration is free and is open here.

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    Back in Stock! Bathing Bundles for Tribal Programs and Shelters

    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 here

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    StrongHearts Native Helpline is Seeking an Assistant Director

    The Assistant Director provides leadership and is responsible for aligning staff and resources to fulfill organizational goals and objectives, and for providing administrative supervision and oversight. This is an on-site position based in Eagan, MN. Salary negotiable. Visit strongheartshelpline.org for a full job description and application process.

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    Atttend VAWA Tribal Consultation, August 17-20

    Registration is open for the 16th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, August 17-20, 2021, for tribal leaders, representatives, and stakeholders. The Agenda and Framing papers are also available on the OVW website, including the 2021 Tribal Jurisdiction Grant Program Framing Paper and the 2021 Tribal Consultation Financial Assistance for Victims Framing Paper. If you missed NIWRC’s recent webinar, Preparation for the VAWA Tribal Consultation’ you can watch the recording here.

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    Participate in FVPSA Tribal Consultation, September 8-9

    The FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention and Services Act) Government-to-Government Consultation, September 8-9, 2021, is a two-day virtual meeting to build meaningful relationships with federally recognized tribes receiving FVPSA funding by engaging in open, continuous, and meaningful consultation. The Tribal Leader Letter and Framing papers are available online. Tribal leaders and representatives can register for consultation here. Don’t miss NIWRC and AKNWRC’s remaining pre-consultation Tribal Leaders Caucus events, scheduled for August 2 and September 7. View the FVPSA Tribal Consultation Overview recording here.

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