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SEPTEMBER 2021

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    Restore, Uplift, Ignite—Restoring Matriarchy, Uplifting Survivor’s Voices and Igniting Spaces of Healing

    On September 15 at 1 p.m. MT, join NIWRC's webinar, Restore, Uplift, Ignite—Restoring Matriarchy, Uplifting Survivor’s Voices and Igniting Spaces of Healing, featuring Kristin Welch with the Waking Women Healing Institute Inc., who will share how they are building culturally founded, sheltered places of learning to increase wellness, prevent acts of colonial violence such as sexual assault, human trafficking, resource extraction, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and how we heal. In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of Matriarchal and Land-Based services, Eco Systems of Care, and how to utilize the power of the collective to uplift survivor voices and build future Indigenous leaders. Register for the webinar here.

     
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    Demand Justice for Kaysera Stops Pretty Places

    Two years ago, 18-year-old Kaysera Stops Pretty Places (Crow) was murdered in Big Horn County, Montana. Since her murder, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montana Department of Justice have done nothing to undertake a criminal investigation. We will not stand for this – law enforcement must be held accountable. Kaysera’s family, in collaboration with NIWRC, Sovereign Bodies Institute, Rising Hearts, Elite Feats, and Bethany Yellowtail, are advocating for justice in Kaysera’s name. Help demand #JusticeforKaysera by learning more and take action through the Kaysera website. We also invite you to join NIWRC’s Twitter Storm on 9/9 and the Justice for Kaysera 5K/10K Virtual Walk/Run

     
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    URGENT: Roe v. Wade in Danger - Native Voices Needed

    TIME SENSITIVE: Take action by September 7, 2021! This November, the US Supreme Court will be hearing Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case could overturn Roe v. Wade, which upholds the constitutional right to access an abortion. NIWRC, Native American Community Board, and Fire Thunder are submitting an amicus brief on behalf of Native peoples seeking reproductive justice and body sovereignty. Learn more about the case and sign on to the amicus brief here.

     
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    Spending Down CARES Act Funds for FVPSA Grantees

    Did your state, tribe, coalition, or local domestic violence program receive FVPSA CARES Act funds? On September 29, 2021, all monies awarded to FVPSA grantees through the CARES Act will expire and unused portions will be returned to the U.S. Treasury. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the FVPSA office have been working closely to provide guidance and suggestions to help your organization spend down any remaining CARES Act funds by September 29. FVPSA is also hosting a series of online support "open office hours" to ask questions, hear others’ ideas, and get customized help. Please click a date/time below - no registration necessary.

     
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    Get Ready for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) this October, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) invites survivors of domestic violence, Tribal leaders, Tribal programs, grassroots advocates, and communities to participate in our DVAM campaign, Honoring the Indigenous Strength and Needs of Native Women Survivors of Domestic Violence. View our DVAM Campaign Page for upcoming events, resources, and advocacy tools to support your community’s efforts. Register now for our Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Day Webinar on October 1 at 1 p.m. MT. Join us in honoring Native women this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and share your support using the hashtags #DVAM and #WomenAreSacred across all social media platforms!

     
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    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Effects on Children Who Witness Domestic Violence

    For Native American children who are exposed to domestic violence or even the threat of violence/abuse, there is an increased risk of psychological, social, emotional and behavioral problems. StrongHearts Native Helpline is available to help 24/7. Call or text 1-844-762-8483 or chat online at strongheartshelpline.org.

     
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    Symposium: Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

    In an effort to find lasting solutions to the public safety challenges Tribal communities encounter and to protect them from violence, abuse, and exploitation, a national symposium on missing or murdered indigenous persons (MMIP) related issues for federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders is being held September 14-16, 2021. This MMIP training is via webinar and will address important topics like data collection, victim advocacy, creating a community strategy for addressing missing persons, and working collaboratively across jurisdictions. The webinar is free. This online training will be held on three days via Webex. Day 1 will be held on September 14, 2021, from 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm EDT; Day 2 will be held on September 15, 2021, from 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm EDT, and Day 3 will be held on September 16, 2021, from 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm EDT. Learn more and register by September 10 here.

     
     
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    Reminder: Register for 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. Tribal leaders and representatives can register here. Please click here by September 7 to indicate that you would like to provide a verbal and/or written testimony. Plus, there's still time to register for NIWRC and AKNWRC’s last Pre-Consultation Tribal Leaders Caucus on September 7. Join us!

     
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