International Update

By Jana L. Walker and Christopher Foley, Attorneys, Indian Law Resource Center United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights On April 24, 2019, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Indian Law Resource Center, National Congress of American Indians, and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center held a panel discussion at the United Nations in New York,…

Supreme Court Update

By Mary Kathryn Nagle, Partner, Pipestem Law, P.C. and Legal Counsel to NIWRC, Pro Bono As of the deadline to send this article to print for the June 2019 issue of RESTORATION, we have yet to receive word on any decision in two critical Supreme Court cases: Carpenter v. Murphy, No. 17-1107, and Gamble v….

The Memorial Qaspeq for Alaska Native Women

“The main inspiration for the qaspeq was the disappearance of Val Sifsof in July of 2012 from Granite Creek camp ground. She was a family friend. It was also the awareness of the pattern of deaths and disappearances that I didn’t hear people talking about but that I’d been aware of since I was about…

Addressing the Urgent Concerns and Recommendation of Indian Tribes in Alaska

In March, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The following concerns and recommendations were summarized and presented in written testimony by the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC). The AKNWRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending…

Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA)

FVPSA Has Expired and 2019 Reauthorization Is Needed! The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Grants to American Indian Tribes are formula grants funded through a 10% set aside under the FVPSA appropriation. FVPSA is the only federal grant dedicated to domestic violence shelter and supportive services. A tribal domestic violence shelter or safe home…

NIWRC Releases A New Resource! “Special Collections: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls”

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is excited to announce the release of the Special Collections: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls in the NIWRC Online Resource Library! This Special Collection is developed to highlight the issues, concerns, recommendations, and resources for addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) within our…

A Tribal Perspective on the Crisis of Alaska Native Women and MMIW

In the face of thousands of abductions and murders of Native women, why is a voluntary database acceptable? The government can do better. There are many stories of Alaska Native women and girls that have faced victimization just because they are Indigenous women. Too many of our relatives have suffered abuse and death because of…

Savanna’s Act Calls for Law Enforcement Focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Murkowski and Cortez Masto Reintroduce Savanna’s Act

The Savanna’s Act responds to the calls for justice, and the concerns and recommendations for changes to the current failed response to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). The families, communities, and tribes of MMIW have organized nationally and internationally creating a groundswell to hold lawmakers accountable for this crisis. In response…

The “Not Invisible Act of 2019,” Legislation to Increase Coordination Efforts to Address the Crisis of Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Native Women

The Not Invisible Act of 2019 is legislation aimed at addressing the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native people by engaging law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers and improving coordination across federal agencies. This bipartisan bill will establish an advisory committee of local, tribal and federal stakeholders to make recommendations to the…

A National Day of Awareness: Recognition of the Crisis

This year S. Res. 144 designating May 5th as a National Day of Awareness was introduced by Senator Daines and joined by Senators Tester, Hoeven, Rounds, Warren, Gardner, Crapo, Lankford, and Murkowski. As in 2017 and 2018, the Senate resolution passed by unanimous consent. These National Day of Awareness resolutions acknowledge the wrong done to…

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls #MMIWG

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is a serious crisis within the United States. Organizing efforts, from the grassroots to national level, have brought this issue into the public’s eye. As social justice actions continue to increase across Indian tribes and communities, lawmakers and government departments are being educated and held accountable to make…

Reauthorize VAWA 2019!

The House of Representatives recently passed a Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill—HR 1585. The NCAI Task Force strongly supported HR 1585 because it contains amendments raised by Indian tribes for more than a decade at consultations, national conferences, and meetings. HR 1585 includes lifesaving amendments outlined below and the resources for tribal leaders and…

American Indian Tribes and the Violence Against Women Act, 1995—2019

The Continuing Maturation of VAWA  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted in 1995 as a result of national grassroots organizing by battered women and advocates. These efforts included Indian women who organized to engage state and federal systems to hold governments accountable to address the national statistics, crisis, and seriousness of violence—domestic violence,…

Why the United States Must Act Immediately to Stop the Violence

For over two decades, tribal advocates for Native women and tribal leaders have repeatedly raised that Congress must act to save the lives of Native women and stop the violence. Violence happens across all populations, but violence against American Indian women is different and the reasons why are not surprising. From the beginnings of the…

Tribal Consultation, August 21-22, 2019: Priority Issues to Address Violence Against Indian Women

The following concerns and recommendations are on-going national priority issues raised during past annual consultations from 2006–2018. These issues have been voted upon by Indian tribes through tribal resolutions unanimously passed during NCAI conferences by member Indian tribes (2000–2018). Regional organizations of Indian tribes have also discussed and passed resolutions in support of these recommendations….

Meet Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, NIWRC

  “NIWRC is excited and welcomes Elizabeth Carr as our new Senior Native Affairs Advisor to be based in Washington. Elizabeth brings over a decade of experience and expertise in national policy and programming efforts with American Indian tribes and tribal-federal relations.”—Lucy Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC Elizabeth Carr most recently served as the Associate Director…

A Tribal Perspective on Consultation to Increase Safety for Native Women

Elizabeth Carr, Senior Native Affairs Advisor, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center   Effective consultation between tribes and federal agencies requires trust between all parties, it is an indispensable element in establishing a solid consultative relationship. Improving relationships, trust between entities, and the consultation process is a goal of mine in my role as the Senior…

2019 Annual Consultation on Violence Against Native Women – August 21-22, 2019, New Buffalo, Michigan

This August 2019 consultation marks 14 years of government-to-government consultations between Indian tribes and federal departments on violence against Native women. Clearly, these annual consultations drive the federal legislative and policy reform efforts to increase safety for Native women forward. For more than a decade this nation-to-nation engagement as governments has provided an avenue for…

NIWRC Website Selected for Inclusion in the Library of Congress

The United States Library of Congress has selected the NIWRC website for inclusion in the Library’s historic collection of Internet materials related to the Women’s and Gender Studies Web Archive. “It is a great honor to be included in this important collection and this historical record,” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC. “Internet materials on…

Weaving a Braid of Support: Connecting Native Victims of Abuse with Tribal-Based Support Services

Calls to the StrongHearts Native Helpline confirm what Native advocates have known all along – Native victims of domestic violence prefer culturally-appropriate resources from their community With more than 3,200 calls now reported, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE), an anonymous and confidential domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, is fulfilling its purpose…

Pouhana O Na Wahine Update

Pouhana O Na Wahine is a grassroots organization advocating for Native Hawaiian families who face challenges related to domestic violence and sexual assault, by exercising our inherent sovereign rights as indigenous people of Hawaii. The Board and its members come from the different islands in the Hawaiian chain. Pouhana O Na Wahine’s Board and members…

NIWRC Receives the Prestigious 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) was honored to receive the 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma. “The ACLU of Oklahoma is honored to present the 2019 Angie Debo Civil Libertarian Award to the NIWRC in recognition of their pursuit to protect women, especially indigenous…

What about the women? Have you seen my daughter? Sister? Mother?

In 2008, Restoration covered the murder of Victoria Eagleman, from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, located in SD. Terri Henry and I joined Tillie Black Bear, Roxanne Sazue, Karen Artichoker, Brenda Hill, Carmen O’Leary, and so many others on a walk for justice for Vicky. It was a life-changing reality check. As a movement, we…