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November 2022

October Edition of Restoration!

Get the newest edition of Restoration of Native Sovereignty and Safety for Native Women! This magazine is dedicated to informing Tribal leaders, advocates, and communities of emerging issues impacting the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women. Featured in this issue:

Thank you to all our contributors. Get your printed copy or download it here for free! 

Protect the Indian Child Welfare Act

RSVP to support the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) on November 9 with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Association on American Indian Affairs. ICWA protects American Indian and Alaska Native kids by keeping them in the care of extended family or Tribes whenever possible. We encourage all of you to join us. Attend in Washington DC or support virtually, share, like, and spread posts on social media with the hashtag #ProtectICWA. Thank you again to everyone who signed on to our amicus brief.

SAVE THE DATE - Women Are Sacred 2023!

The Women Are Sacred (WAS) Conference 2023 will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 26-28. WAS is a gathering dedicated to ending violence against Native American women and children. It offers state-of-the-art training and networking opportunities designed to increase the capacity of tribal nations, tribal domestic violence, and community-based programs to address violence in tribal communities. This year’s theme is—We Are Born from Her: Protecting Earth Mother, Her Women, and Her Children. Mark your calendars! Registration and conference agenda to coming soon.

Q & A and Discussion With FVPSA and NIWRC

FVPSA Office hours have a new look! We are taking a new approach to discussing ideas for utilizing the ARP grants. A panel of Native advocates will share how they’ve used ARP funds and how they navigated improving or developing tribal infrastructure. The panel includes experiences from an urban-based Native organization, a reservation-based tribal organization, and lastly tribal government executive leadership. If you have questions we invite you to join us for coffee and conversation in this virtual space. Join us on January 13, at 10 a.m. MDT. If you have any questions or need any assistance at any time, please contact Brenda Hill, NIWRC Director of Technical Assistance and Training, at bhill@niwrc.org. Join via Zoom.

We Are Hiring! Join Our Team

The NIWRC provides national leadership to end violence against American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women by lifting the collective voices of grassroots advocates and offering culturally grounded resources, technical assistance and training, and policy development to strengthen Tribal sovereignty. 

For more information, please visit our Careers page.

STTARS Featured on Speaking Our Truth, Podcast For Change

We listen to STTARS Part 1 with Caroline LaPorte and Gwendolyn Packard with Caroline LaPorte and Gwendolyn Packard from the Specialty Institute held in June. It introduces the newly created Indigenous Safe Housing Center and offers important, timely presentations designed to address the spectrum of housing issues for Indigenous victims/ survivors, showcases promising or best practices related to domestic violence and housing, and provides valuable resources, support, and recommendations. Listen now!

Greetings Relatives,

My name is Marquel Musgrave (they/she), I am a Tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Nambe and I am the Covid TA Specialist on the Training and Education Team here at NIWRC. I will be sharing a monthly update featuring resources I am building, and relevant news articles, medical journals, and other information related to COVID-19, equity, disability justice, and viral mitigation in this section of the newsletter. I look forward to supporting all Tribal Nations and Tribal coalitions and organizations with information to ignite inspired action to support the collective and long-term health of our communities.

Kuu da woha (thank you) to everyone who joined the Long COVID: A Community Conversation on Disability, Equity, and Its Impact on Advocates and Survivors in Native Communities webinar. We are so grateful to all the panelists and especially the survivors and advocates for their strength in vulnerability in sharing their stories.

Helpful Tips

Do you work in a community space or congregate setting (like a shelter or a group home)? Would you like advice about reducing transmission of COVID-19 through indoor air quality measures like ventilation and filtration? The Center for Urban Health Solutions released this toolkit, Reducing Transmission of COVID-19 Through Improvements To Indoor Air Quality: A Checklist for Community Spaces.

In the News

Funding Opportunities

  • 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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