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May 2022

    Join Our Team! Apply Soon

    There's still time to join the NIWRC team. View the open positions and details to apply on our Careers page.


    Sign Up! STTARS Indigenous Safe Housing Center Mailing List

    A project of NIWRC, the STTARS Indigenous Safe Housing Center will work to ensure safety and belonging through Indigenous lifeways and dismantle systemic and endemic barriers that impact housing access for survivors. The Center will accomplish this by elevating culturally-rooted resources, practices, and policies, and centering survivors with lived experiences, for real social change. Join the mailing list to stay updated on events, news, resources, technical assistance, and legislative updates. Follow their social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


    Upcoming Webinar: Amplifying Youth Voices Through Digital Storytelling on May 18

    On May 18, 1 p.m. MDT, join NIWRC, We R Native, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), and StrongHearts Native Helpline as we support adolescent health, education, and cultural resiliency skills. Youth have amazing voices and the importance of amplifying those voices is essential. Discussions include positive youth development strategies and the process of creating healthy relationship content—all led by Native youth and young adults. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center presents this webinar in conjunction with our NativeLove project. Register


    Thank You For Lifting the National Week of Action for MMIW

    Thank you for participating and lifting our National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). More than 750 people registered for our virtual events! We appreciate your support and attention to this issue and ask that you continue to call for change for missing and murdered Indigenous women. If you haven’t already done so, please read and share our Restoration Special Edition on MMIW with your networks. If you missed any of the events, watch the recordings in our Resource Library.


    Highlights From Our First Hybrid Advocacy Workshop!

    Last month, Tribal advocates around the country joined us in-person and online for our first hybrid event, Foundation and Key Principles: Strengthening the Role of Advocacy in Indian Country. It was a healing experience to see, hear from, and bond with others from around the nation through advocacy work. We are stronger together! Thank you to all who participated. View the photos on Facebook, and read more about the workshop in the upcoming issue of Restoration Magazine this June.


    Join NIWRC for Upcoming ARP FVPSA Office Hours, May 13

    For any recipients of the FVPSA ARP Support for Survivors of DV and Sexual Assault from Culturally Specific Populations grant award, please join us on May 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. MDT for open office hours to address questions about this award. The FVPSA program and NIWRC are joining to help offer some ideas for utilizing this ARP grant and considerations for spending the funds. If you have any questions, contact Brenda Hill, NIWRC Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at bhill@niwrc.org, or Gwendolyn Packard, NIWRC Senior Housing Specialist, at gpackard@niwrc.org. Join via Zoom 


    New DOJ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Webpage

    The DOJ recently launched the Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) webpage as part of the Department’s Tribal Justice and Safety website, which houses other Tribal initiatives at the DOJ such as the Tribal Access Program, grant opportunities, Consultations, and several other resources for Tribes. The new MMIP page details the DOJ’s efforts to address the disproportionately high rates of violence experienced by Native Americans, and relatedly, the high rates of indigenous persons reported missing.


    Warning Signs that Someone Has Experienced Sexual Violence

    Sexual violence is a far too common thing throughout Native communities. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Native Americans are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual violence in their lifetime. As we know, this may be even higher due to the lack of reporting common in Native communities. Sexual violence is any type of sexual activity done without consent. We often don't know when someone is struggling with something. Sexual violence is no exception. If you believe someone you know and love has experienced sexual violence, read the full article on StrongHearts Native Helpline's website.

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    • U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women 
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families
    • The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
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