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December 2021

    Resource Now Online: Shelter and Other Safe Space Information Packet

    Housing is a basic human right that is especially critical for our relatives who are survivors of battering/ intimate partner violence. NIWRC's Shelter and Other Safe Space Information Packet is a collection of articles, booklets, sample policies and forms covering a range of topics about providing shelter and other emergency housing for survivors of battering/intimate partner violence. This Information Packet is part of an initiative to support and guide those efforts to provide shelter in different forms for survivors. It can also be helpful for advocates, educating Tribal officials, in-services, cross-trainings and public education events.


    Thank You for Joining NIWRC For Our 10-Year Anniversary

    Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate NIWRC's 10-Year Anniversary this November! In case you missed it, watch the live webinar showcase of our support of the Indigenous movement for safety for Native women. You can also watch staff interviews here, and listen to the most recent episodes of Speaking Our Truth, Podcast for Change featuring stories from NIWRC Board Members Cherrah Giles, Leanne Guy, and Wendy Schlater. Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to all who donated as part of Giving Tuesday and participated in our Carrying Our Medicine virtual walk/run.


    New Booklet: A Guide to Harmony For Women and Children Living in Shelter

    This booklet, A Guide to Harmony For Women and Children Living in Shelter, is offered as an example to use as a guide to give for women and children staying in your shelter. Please feel free to adapt this booklet to suit your shelter. It is recommended that you get feedback from shelter residents to see if this booklet was helpful and if they have any suggestions for changes.


    Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People

    November 15, 2021

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order as follows:

    Section 1. Policy. The safety and well-being of all Native Americans is a top priority for my Administration. My Administration will work hand in hand with Tribal Nations and Tribal partners to build safe and healthy Tribal communities and to support comprehensive law enforcement, prevention, intervention, and support services.

    Read the full Executive Order here.


    Learn More About NIWRC’s MMIW State Legislative Tracker

    The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) State Legislative Tracker is a navigational database designed to help you easily search legislation relating to MMIW within your state and across the country. The Tracker is a continuation of the MMIW Monthly Legislative Summary, previously released as part of our monthly legislative update. Now in the form of a navigational database, we hope that this tool will be useful for state and local legislators, advocates, grassroots leaders, community members, and allies.


    New GAO Report on MMIW in Resource Library

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to review the federal response to the missing or murdered AI/AN women crisis. This report examines the extent to which (1) the number of missing or murdered AI/AN women in the U.S. is known and (2) DOJ and DOI have taken steps to address the crisis. GAO reviewed available data on missing persons and violent deaths, relevant reports, and agency documentation, including agency policies and procedures. Using agency data—which were determined to be reliable for location selection—and qualitative factors, GAO selected seven locations to interview federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials; tribal officials; and nongovernmental victim service providers on the federal response to the crisis.


    Pregnancy and Domestic Violence

    Native Americans and Alaska Natives have passed down many teachings about the important role of honoring life-givers and families. Throughout history, life-givers were honored members of their communities. They provided support for healthy families, protected the earth and natural resources, and practiced resilience. Unfortunately, pregnancy can be a dangerous time for pregnant people in abusive relationships, putting them and their unborn child at heightened risk due to their vulnerable physical and emotional status. Read the full article on StrongHearts Native Helpline's website here.

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