A National Vigil Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

Advocates, tribal leaders, tribal coalitions, allies, and the general public gathered in the Nation’s capital at the National Museum of the American Indian on September 11, to honor Native women and girls who are missing or who have been murdered. The candlelight vigil included a shawl ceremony, a drum circle, and heartfelt prayers. The event…

Native American Women Win Congressional and State Elections

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) congratulates the Native American Women candidates who won their Congressional and State elections during this past November! Two Native Women made history with their wins as the first Native American women elected to Congress. Congratulations Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) elected to the United States House of Representatives (KS-3rd…

Pouhana ‘O Na Wahine News 2019 Organizing for Change

Native Hawaiian women represent the highest percentage of victims of domestic and sexual violence within the state of Hawaii. The Pouhana ‘O Na Wahine (Pillars of Women), a collective of Native Hawaiian women, is focused on determining how to change this unacceptable reality. The hui understands that relying solely on non-indigenous responses to domestic and…

Leanne Guy, Executive Director, Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Statement National Vigil Honoring Missing and Murdered Native Women

Hello, my name is Leanne Guy. I’m from the Diné Nation in the Four Corners area. My clans are Tó’áhani (Near to Water) and I’m born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water). My chei (maternal grandfather) is Tábaahí and my nali (paternal grandfather) is Táchii’nii (Red Running into the Water). I am a mother, grandmother, sister, auntie,…

StrongHearts Native Helpline Establishes First Call Center Headquarters in Minneapolis Saint-Paul Metro Region Ahead of Second Anniversary

Native-centered domestic violence helpline offering culturally-based support for victims in Indian Country and Alaska sets sights on Eagan, Minnesota This winter, staff of the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a partnered project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, packed their bags and made the move from Austin, Texas, to their…

StrongHearts Native Helpline Is Here for You

Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), Assistant Director of the StrongHearts Native Helpline Domestic violence isn’t always an easy topic to discuss, but we see the signs of abuse all around us. It affects our sisters, mothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, youth and elders, and can range from physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual…

StrongHearts’ Lori Jump Receives Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award

On December 7, 2018, Assistant Director of the StrongHearts Native Helpline Lori Jump was recognized for her lifetime service to victims and survivors of crime in Indian Country during the closing ceremony of the 16th Annual Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime in Palm Springs, California. Jump was awarded the Bonnie Heavy Runner…

StrongHearts Native Helpline Receives Its 1,000th Call from Those Affected by Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Across Indian Country and Alaska

Mallory Black (Diné), Communications Manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline Calls received at helpline paint a picture of Native victims’ experience and critical need for culturally-based supportive services for American Indians and Alaska Natives In time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) announced 1,000 callers have now reached out to the…

Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans U.S. Commission on Civil Rights New Report

December 20, 2018, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its report, Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans. The Commission majority found that the federal government is not meeting its trust responsibilities and that budgets and spending of federal agencies sponsoring Native American and Native Hawaiian programs, including the Departments of Health…

The Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Day, October 1, 2018

Tillie Black Bear (Sicangu Lakota), Wa Wokiye Win (Woman Who Helps Everyone), gave hope and healing to generations of Native Americans and aspiring allies by participating in the initial organizing of the Violence Against Women Movement on a national level to change laws and policies at the root of these injustices and disparities. She inspired…

Pouhana O Na Wahine Sharing at Women Are Sacred Conference 2018

By Paula Julian, Policy Specialist, NIWRC For the first time since 1998 in the 20-year history of our Women Are Sacred Conferences, a hui (group) of five Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) advocates participated and presented at the Conference in Albuquerque, June 26–28, 2018. The theme of the Conference was Resilience: Walking in Ancestral Footprints, Carrying…

The Implications of CARPENTER v. MURPHY for Native Women

By Mary Kathryn Nagle The State of Oklahoma’s attempt to have the Creek Nation Reservation declared “disestablished” could have serious, harmful consequences for Native women and the Tribal Nations who seek to protect them. Recently, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals examined all of the legislative acts passed by Congress surrounding the creation of Oklahoma…