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February 2023



Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2023: Empowering Teens to Create Safe and Healthy Relationships

NativeLove and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) work to raise awareness and create educational tools about Teen Dating Violence to support advocates working in Indian Country. Follow @NativeLoveIs and join NIWRC throughout the month of February to learn how to recognize the signs of teen dating violence and where to get help. 

Follow, Like, and Share @NativeLoveIs on InstagramTikTok, and Facebook. Comment a quick hello! 

Participate in the Research Survey, COVID-19 Indigenous Advocacy Workforce Wellness Program.

The purpose of this survey is to better understand the Indigenous domestic violence advocacy workforce employee's COVID-19-related needs for the development of educational resource materials and to inform decision-makers of policy developments to ensure the safety, sustainability, and capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions and concerns may be sent to NIWRC's Research Associate, Kendra Root, at kroot@niwrc.org
COVID-19 Indigenous Advocacy Workforce Wellness Program Research Survey.

NIWRC Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols

As an organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children, we fully understand the prejudice and systemic racism used to erase and dehumanize all people of color. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) stands firmly with the movement to reform and create responsive local, city, county, and state police departments developed in cooperation with the communities served. Decry the dehumanization and minimization of the violence that people of color face every day. 

  • Call or organize a call for action by supporting your state legislators to pass the George Floyd Bill. 
  • Support the Bystander Intervention Bill.
  • Demand training and education. Participate in de-escalation training and culturally appropriate training in high populations of people of color.  

Read the full statement here.

FVPSA Office Hours - February 10

The Open NIWRC ARP Office Hours for FVPSA-funded tribes and tribal organizations is an opportunity to discuss ideas and pose questions you have about utilizing the ARP grants. FVPSA and NIWRC staff will be joined by tribal program directors who will share their experience utilizing ARP funding. If you have any questions or need any assistance at any time, please contact Kim Zahne, NIWRC Technical Assistance, and Training Specialist, at kzahne@niwrc.org. No need to register for this event! Just join us for coffee and conversation in this virtual space on February 10 at 10:00 a.m. MDT by clicking on this link: JOIN VIA ZOOM.

WEBINAR - Ending Teen Dating Violence and Cultivating Healthy Relationships

In this webinar, we will be discussing how youth advocates can address teen dating violence in Tribal communities. This topic includes available tools and resources for Native youth, defining violent versus healthy relationships, and empowering the next generation through Indigenous values. This webinar is proudly hosted as part of the NativeLove program. Thursday, February 23, 1 - 2:30 p.m. REGISTER.

Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Seasonal Healing Camp: Planting Seeds in the Community

Tillie Black Bear (Sicangu Lakota) is considered the grandmother of the movement to end violence against Indigenous women. She organized and hosted healing camps to support the healing process for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and talk about their stories in a space that was supportive and safe. It is in this spirit that NIWRC is pleased to continue Tillie’s legacy by offering seasonal virtual healing camp sessions. Our next healing camp will take place on March 1 at 1:00 p.m. via zoom. REGISTER HERE. Watch the recording of our Fall 2022 session.

Murder in Big Horn Showtime Documentary Series


COVID-19 Update

Greetings Relatives,

This month, we saw a surge of viral illnesses that continues to impact the entire U.S. In the week of January 25 at least 3,756 people died of COVID-19 nationally and transmission rates remain high with 92.82% of the population living in areas of high community spread with XBB 1.5 (Kraken) as the most common variant. The World Health Organization (WHO) updated guidance on when to mask indoors considering the high rate of global spread stating, “following a recent exposure to COVID-19, when someone has or suspects they have COVID-19 when someone is at high risk of severe COVID-19, and for anyone in a crowded, enclosed, or poorly ventilated space.” Previously, WHO recommendations were based on the epidemiological situation.

The World Economic Forum took a layered mitigation approach to safety this year by making sure political and business leaders were protected by requiring PCR testing, masking, HEPA filtration, and ventilation. COVID-19 is now the eighth leading cause of death for children in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death for adults.

President Biden announced this week he plans to end the COVID-19 emergency and public health declarations on May 11, which would shift the development of vaccines and treatments away from the direct management of the federal government. Read here on what else happens when the COVID-19 emergency declaration ends. Marked by COVID-19 a grassroots advocacy group organized by bereaved families of those lost to COVID-19, released this statement in response to urging President Biden to reconsider as the U.S. averages 500 deaths a day. 

The CDC released a report on January 27 describing the measures immunocompromised people should take to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Upcoming Events

Save the date! Join us Friday, March 17 from 12-2 p.m. MDT 

Webinar - Original Instructions: Indigenous Prophecies, Teachings, and Story to Guide Values-Based Response to Community Crisis and Disasters

In this webinar, we will hear from valued Knowledge Keepers of three different Tribal Nations on prophecies, teachings, and stories that support their communities in regaining perspective on what actions to take during this time of great turmoil as the new world struggles to be born. The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis have called upon leaders to turn to original teachings to protect our people and lands. In this storytelling session, we hope to inspire leaders, advocates, and decision-makers to look to the original instructions and values in their stories and languages as guides to planning and responding to challenges that impact entire Nations.

Best Ways To Protect Yourself

Best Ways To Protect and Educate Your Community

Learn More About the Impact of SARS-CoV-2

Helpful Tips on Airborne Virus Transmission Prevention

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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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