GOAL - National Indigenous Women`s Resource Center

Information compiled by Sacred Circle and IHS programs
Marylouise Kelley, Ph.D
Division Director
Phone: (202) 401-5756
Email: [email protected]
Shena Williams
Program Specialist
Phone: (202) 205-5932
Email: [email protected]
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW
Portals One Building, Room 800
Washington, DC 20024
Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition, Office on Violence
Against Women
Raise the awareness of the lethality of domestic violence in our community.
The Silent Witness are that of our women from the White Earth Ojibwe reservation who were murdered due to domestic
violence. To remember who our fallen sisters are, who took their lives in such a violent way, why it was done. To learn how
they as a community can create change within their homes and in their lives which will create safety for our women and
One of our Silent Witness we have on display at IHS is that of our fallen sister, Susie Keezer who was stabbed 274 times to
death in her home. The family of the murderer of Susie complained to the director of IHS about Susie’s silhouette being
displayed and that it needs to be taken down even though we had the permission of the family to do so. I told IHS that I
have gone to every family of every Silent Witness we have and asked permission to make a Silent Witness of their mother,
daughter, grand daughter, niece and grandmother. I passed tobacco to everyone’s family and invited them to the Wiping of
the Tears Ceremony we held in honor of our first Silent Witness event. It is good this murderer’s family feel uncomfortable
and are reminded what their family member did to another within our Tribe and that they took a woman who gives life to
our Nation away from the Tribe and the future generations to come.
It is important that they feel the impact of what their family member did and remember the pain and loss of the family in
which she was stolen from and that domestic violence is lethal and can be changed within their home and community.
Be mindful of restrictions placed on events, especially in Tribal Communities. Food is important in any gathering, we share
a feast that honors those that pass and it should not have to be described in detail to explain why food is necessary.
Respect the need to purchase tobacco and other gift items that may be used to offer tobacco to Elders and the Spirits and
gifts to them as it is a ceremonial practice and custom. We should not have to explain such purposes in detail nor should it
be considered a religious event because this is a ceremonial and traditional practice of the First Nations People here. Our
customs and beliefs need to be respected and honored. We just need a little less restrictions to address the issues of
domestic violence in our own way - what suites our tribal people in our own language and traditional beliefs and customs.
Miigwech! (Thank you)
Santee Sioux Tribe,
 Advocacy Training at Program Level
 Teen Dating Violence – Speakers
engaged youth at the local high
school. Boys and Girls were addressed
 Domestic Violence Awareness
Walk – The community joined to walk
create awareness on the impact of DV
in their community and families. The
participants wore purple t-shirts and
carried signs during the event.
Balloons were released at the end of
the event.
25th Annual HeSapa Wacipi, Black Hills Pow Wow
Rapid City, South Dakota
The Native Women’s Society of the Great
Plains (NWSGP) provided an information
booth to share information on the
membership of NWSGP and specifically
about domestic violence and sexual
assault. It was also an opportunity for
NWSGP to receive information (by way of
survey) from the participants on how to
enhance future training and awareness
The South Coalition Ending Domestic
and Sexual Violence coordinated a silent
witnesses activity during the Pow Wow.
The Black Hills Pow Wow was attended by
tribal members from across the region
Bismark, North Dakota
41st Annual United Tribes International Pow
This Pow Wow is held annually in the Lone Star
Arena at United Tribes Technical College. It
attracts members from 70 tribes with several
thousand spectators during the grand entry.
The grand entry even with the silent awareness
speaker, Jim Clairmont, addressed the impact of
domestic violence in tribal communities.
The use of the Silent Witnesses at major
celebrations and Pow Wow events is a recent
approach to increasing awareness about
domestic violence. It can be used as a
demonstration of community awareness to
eradicating violence in Indian Country.
Women carried Silent Witness through Saturday’s Grand
Entry. Pow Wow announcer Jim Clairmont addressed the
need to stop domestic violence.
Fort Peck Family Violence Prevention & Resource Center
Wolf Point, Montana
Advocacy/ Roots of Domestic Violence/ Public Awareness/ Planning with Community Members, Social Services,
and Law Enforcement/ Tribal Program Collaboration and Planning
Fort Peck Family Violence Prevention & Resource Center partnered with Native Women’s Society of the Great
Plains during DVAM to educate community stakeholders , law enforcement and tribal programs on the impact of
domestic violence in their community. The training sessions were also used equip service providers with basic domestic
violence and sexual assault skills.
The local newspaper helped promote domestic violence awareness by publishing the events.
Men’s Domestic Violence Education
Wica Agli (Brings Back Men)
Meeting of Men from Northern Plains Tribes,
to discuss & plan the implementation of a
Native American culture based Domestic
Violence Curriculum.
Barriers: No available funding source.
Ways to help: Prioritize funding for this work that doesn’t take away from Direct Services Money.
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, Inc.
Rosebud Sioux Reservation, Mission, SD
Domestic Violence Awareness Walks
During the month of October, White Buffalo Calf Woman
Society (WBCWS) held walks in three different communities
on the reservation and one in a neighboring town.
Our first walk started at Rosebud IHS with follow up stops at
the tribal law enforcement and tribal courts, a cemetery
where a victim of DV was buried and ending at the Tribal
Council offices. Representatives for the agencies we stop at
speak to participants about the impact of domestic violence
on the work they do.
At the Tribal Council offices, an official proclamation declaring Oct. Domestic Violence Month on the
reservation was read and signed, balloons were released and a fantastic meal of buffalo soup, fry bread and
cake was shared.
Our Goals are primarily to demonstrate to victims and their families that they are not alone. A secondary
goal is to renew conversation in our communities and among community leaders about the harms caused
by domestic violence – especially to children being victimized by violence in their homes. Our theme this
year, “Everyone is someone’s relative. No one wants to be someone’s victim” strives to remind us of our
relationships and to act if you know of someone being abused.
FVPSA and other Federal Agencies can best assist by continuing and increasing funding for tribal law
enforcement, tribal courts, Indian health services and shelters. Law enforcement and the courts in
particular are critical to protecting families and lives.
Rose Weahkee, Ph.D
Director, Division of Behavioral
Email: [email protected]
Jennifer Downs, LCSW
Public Health Advisor
Email: [email protected]
801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300 Rockville,
MD 20852
Cherokee Nation, National Indian Women’s Health Resource
Center SANE/SART Expansion Grant
Silent Witnesses Silhouettes
Silhouettes representing victims in Oklahoma
and their stories, will be placed at various
places in Tahlequah, Sallisaw and Wagoner
creating a display to help our community’s
awareness of DV.
Mayor Jason Nichols proclaims the month of
October to be "Domestic Violence
Awareness Month“
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
Circle of Life & PeaceKeepers
2011 Domestic Violence Summit and Walk /Run
Against Domestic Violence
•Bring awareness to the growing issue and problem of
domestic violence in our Pueblo communities
•Resources available to combat the concerns
Health of Spokane
Domestic Violence Awareness Dinner
•Bring awareness to the impact DV has on our community especially the women and
•Empowering the men to become the leaders in ending domestic violence
Government Entities
We appreciate the efforts of government entities calling to attention the issue of DV
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
•Billboard media campaign
• Outreach materials
•Curriculum for DVPI adolescent
mentoring program
• Updated screening forms
•Provided DV Screening Training
•Published DV and Bullying articles
Create mass DV prevention awareness
throughout Oklahoma City
Choctaw Nation
Voices for Survivors
United Voice, United Action,
& Project Holitopa
Community Health
Representative Fall Festival
•Connect with our elder community to
increase awareness of DV
•Introduce elders to the Voices for
Survivors Program & staff
•Increase program visibility and raise
•Large crowd
•Limited one-on-one conversation
•Went out into the crowd to hand out our fans
to seated individuals and talked to the elders.
United Indian Health Services
Continue the Tradition of Kindness
 DV Awareness T-Shirts
Increase awareness and education to community members.
•Ordered over 800 t-shirts and came in all day on Friday’s to participate
•Increased awareness
Some community members disagreed with portions of the questionnaire. However
after explanation, they showed understanding.
Micmac Service Unit/ Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative
Victim Advocacy Training
September – October 2011
Train staff and
community members as
Victim Advocates
Deborah Roshon & Sandra Pictou
(Not pictured - Tania Morey)
Difficulty engaging
community members
South Dakota Urban Indian Health
Sioux Falls ~ Pierre ~ Aberdeen
DV Awareness Activities
Take Back the Night
Silent Witnesses & Empty Shawls
Purple Ribbons
All Staff Retreat
Listen to the Grandmothers
Domestic Violence
Is NOT a Lakota
Heighten awareness about domestic violence and
give hope to victims of DV
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
“Influence the Difference”
Public Service Announcements
To educate community members about DV Awareness & community
Outcome in the Community
•Suicide Prevention Youth Coalition participated
•Raised awareness throughout the month of October
How Federal agencies can help
Teleconferences offering assistance in community outreach and event
Quileute Tribe New Beginnings
Love is Not Abuse
Community Awareness Walk
•Support and honor victims and survivors of DV
•Increase awareness
•Kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities
•Increased community awareness and participation in DV Awareness Month
•Sparked community discussions on domestic violence
•Provided survivors/victims with a feeling of hope and support
•Cold and rainy weather reduces the number of participants
•Next year: “Purple Car Parade” in order to increase participation and visibility
Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc.
•Educate and activate the
•Link community with resources
Outcome: Success
•Huge crowd
•Survivor Speakout was
instrumental in voicing first
hand experiences of triumph and
inspired the crowd to action
•The resource fair allowed
attendees to make contact with
assistance groups
•March spurred diverse crowd of
people to march in unison,
pledging their support of respect
to women
32nd Annual Women Take Back the Night
March and Rally
Theme: Planting the Seeds of Change
ACF & IHS Native American/ Alaska Native
 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/tribal/index.html - The Administrative on
Children and Families website provides program specific
information, useful links, and a current calendar of tribal focused
www.niwrc.org – The National Indigenous Women’s Resource
Center, Inc.
 http://dvpi.red-wind.net/ - The Domestic Violence Prevention
initative website provides program information as well as useful
links and materials
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