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Sexual assault counselors push to protect confidentiality with victims

2022-05-11T20:39:25+00:00

Advocates say disclosure of information could have a chilling effect on the willingness to report. Victims' advocates say Minnesota judges inconsistently apply a state law protecting communications between sexual assault counselors and people who come to them for help. Now, those groups have taken their case all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court, appealing a ruling in which a district court allowed review of a woman's communications with a southern Minnesota sexual assault advocacy group in a criminal case. The groups say any review of their confidential records has a chilling effect on a victim's willingness to report an assault. [...]

Sexual assault counselors push to protect confidentiality with victims2022-05-11T20:39:25+00:00

What Will It Take to End Violence Against Native Women?

2022-05-10T20:17:31+00:00

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?

2022-04-12T18:49:29+00:00

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

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 Tribal Governments Program Solicitation Now Available

2022-04-12T17:16:47+00:00

OVW's Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program assists tribal governments and authorized designees of tribal governments to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking in their communities. In FY 22, the OVW is particularly interested in proposals to improve outreach, services, civil and criminal justice responses, prevention, and support for survivors of sexualassault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking from underserved communities, particularly Two-Spirit/LGBTQ victims. Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to: Indian Tribal Governments, authorized designees of Indian Tribal Governments, andtribal consortiums in the United States or U.S. territories. Application deadlines: Apply in Grants.gov by May [...]

Funding Opportunity: FY 2022 Tribal Governments Program Solicitation Now Available2022-04-12T17:16:47+00:00

Washington State creates an alert system for missing Indigenous people

2022-04-12T17:18:48+00:00

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

2022-03-11T21:29:50+00:00

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

Now Available: FY 2022 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

2022-03-04T21:23:49+00:00

OVW’s Transitional Housing Program supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Eligible Applicants are limited to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and other organizations, including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers, domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions, other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations, [...]

Now Available: FY 2022 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking2022-03-04T21:23:49+00:00

Funding Opportunity: OVW FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation

2022-03-04T20:58:28+00:00

The FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) solicitation is now open and posted on OVW’s website and Grants.gov. The Rural Program supports efforts to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits Application Deadlines: Grants.gov: April 07, 2022 11:59 PM Application in JustGrants Deadline: April 12, 2022 9:00 [...]

Funding Opportunity: OVW FY 2022 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program (Rural) Solicitation2022-03-04T20:58:28+00:00

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022 introduced in the Senate

2022-03-01T21:06:22+00:00

On Wednesday, February 10, a group of bipartisan senators introduced S. 3623, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2027, includes provisions that restore critical categories of Tribal criminal jurisdiction necessary to protect Native women and children, including sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, child violence, obstruction of justice, and assault of Tribal justice personnel. This bipartisan bill also establishes an Alaska pilot project, which will enable a limited number of Tribes in the state to exercise special Tribal criminal jurisdiction (STCJ), and clarifies that Tribes in Maine are also eligible to [...]

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022 introduced in the Senate2022-03-01T21:06:22+00:00

Tribe grapples with missing women crisis on California coast

2022-02-21T20:03:46+00:00

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
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