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What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?


The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is an important step, but activist Mary Kathryn Nagle argues that only full restoration of Indigenous sovereignty will stop the epidemic. Mary Kathryn Nagle, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, often appearing in court to advocate for the rights of Indigenous people. She is also a well-known playwright, and her stage work explores many of the same themes that have animated her legal career, including the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women. More than 4 in 5 Native women have reported being the victims of [...]

What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?2022-05-10T20:17:31+00:00

Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?


When Yufna Soldier Wolf was a kid, she was made well aware of why her family members only spoke English, and why they dressed the way they did. Her grandfather and other elders used to recount their experiences at boarding schools, where the government sent hundreds of thousands of Indigenous children, from nearly every Indigenous nation within U.S. borders, to unlearn their languages and cultures. “A lot of them were physically abused, verbally abused, sexually abused,” she said. At the center of the stories were the children who never came home from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where her grandfather was [...]

Where are the Indigenous children who never came home?2022-04-12T18:49:29+00:00

Washington State creates an alert system for missing Indigenous people


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law a bill that creates a first-in-the-nation statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people. The law creates a system similar to Amber Alerts and so-called silver alerts, which are used respectively for missing children and vulnerable adults in many states. The system will notify law enforcement when there's a report of a missing Indigenous person. It will also place messages on highway reader boards and on the radio and social media, and will provide information to the news media. The law attempts to address a crisis of missing Indigenous people — particularly women [...]

Washington State creates an alert system for missing Indigenous people2022-04-12T17:18:48+00:00

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk


Indian Country Today: Tribal nations are celebrating the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act. Congress passed the omnibus spending package for the 2022 fiscal year late Thursday, which included major tribal provisions. It passed in the Senate with a 68-31 vote. The bill will now head to the president’s desk to be signed. This means that tribal nations “will continue to increase safety and justice for victims who had previously seen little of either,” said Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians in a statement. Here is a breakdown of the VAWA reauthorization: Reaffirmation of tribes’ jurisdiction to prosecute [...]

VAWA Reauthorization Headed to President’s Desk2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

Tribe grapples with missing women crisis on California coast


By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press February 21, 2022 YUROK RESERVATION, Calif. — The young mother had behaved erratically for months, hitchhiking and wandering naked through two Native American reservations and a small town clustered along Northern California's rugged Lost Coast. But things escalated when Emmilee Risling was charged with arson for igniting a fire in a cemetery. Her family hoped the case would force her into mental health and addiction services. Instead, she was released over the pleas of loved ones and a tribal police chief. The 33-year-old college graduate — an accomplished traditional dancer with ancestry from three area tribes [...]

Tribe grapples with missing women crisis on California coast2022-02-21T20:03:46+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 3


  “I was so tired I could hardly think. Petrified about going to court.  The prosecutor was an angel. Kind, patient. He actually said he was sorry I got beaten up, I didn’t deserve it – no matter what. Then he said he would do the prosecution without me if I wanted. The cops did a great job investigating, documenting, and the doctor did a detailed report, so it was possible for him to go ahead without me!” “I was a new advocate in a new domestic violence program on a reservation of about 5,500 people. Went to the police station [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 32022-02-15T15:11:46+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 2


  “It was about six months after my children and I finally got a house in tribal housing. I was struggling to get to work, take care of the kids and keep the car working. I needed my ex to watch the children a couple days a week so I could work. I trusted him to take good care of them for that amount of time. One day I drove to town, about 18 miles away, to get my paperwork up-dated for food stamps. I handed my papers to the worker. She gave me a mean look, grabbing the papers from [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses Part 22022-02-15T15:10:48+00:00

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses


  “I spent 4 days in jail for an unpaid traffic ticket. My boyfriend beat me up and I called the cops. He was gone by the time they got to my house. But they ran my name and arrested me…” “It was such a struggle - I needed to get a protection order against my husband. Took time off from work, got a ride from a friend…embarrassing, depressing. I wanted me and my kids to be safe, sleep good at night... I asked the clerk of courts for the protection order form. The clerk looked exasperated, didn’t even say hello. [...]

Systems Advocacy: Creating Safe, Respectful & Effective Responses2022-02-15T15:08:19+00:00

COVID19: Triggers and Isolation


  Due to the current COVID19 health pandemic and having to self-isolate and implement social distancing, many of us are feeling triggered by past wounds or have out of control anxiety about “What If” and “What Now”. Social Media at its best is not helpful when we think about panic and anxiety and how all the worse case scenarios are constantly in our faces and on our minds. If you have been in previously abusive relationships or are currently in one, isolation can be the death of you, metaphorically speaking or not. Do you feel like screaming and crying most days [...]

COVID19: Triggers and Isolation2021-12-07T15:17:52+00:00
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