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#NotInvisible: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
#NotInvisible: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 1, 2019)

Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian Country and the United States rally together in honor of survivors of domestic violence and support abuse prevention as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol
RECAP: Sovereignty and Native Women's Safety at US Capitol (September 17, 2019)

Native women rallied at the U.S. Capitol to honor survivors of violence and to push for renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.


House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women (September 13, 2019)

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act
'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act (March 18, 2019)

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.


Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women
Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women (March 18, 2019)

Navajo Nation Missing Persons founder Meskee Yatsayte wakes up every morning, scours social media for missing indigenous people and begins contacting families.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress
Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress (November 12, 2018)

Two candidates. Two victory speeches. But only one of them will end up going to Congress.


Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test
Cherokee Nation upset after Sen. Warren releases results of DNA test (October 15, 2018)

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) really Native American? Her campaign says DNA results prove she is.


Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women
Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women (October 4, 2018)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be taking a closer look at violence against Native women.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


National Congress of American Indians under #MeToo fire
National Congress of American Indians under #MeToo fire (September 25, 2018)

The Pokagon Band is quitting the nation’s oldest and largest inter-tribal organization while Native women call for more accountability.


Mallory Black: Seeing someone new? Watch out for these red flags
Mallory Black: Seeing someone new? Watch out for these red flags (September 6, 2018)

While you and your partner might be having fun getting to know each other, it’s important to watch for certain behaviors when dating someone new.


Native Americans can be harmed by cultural and spiritual abuse
Native Americans can be harmed by cultural and spiritual abuse (July 30, 2018)

Abuse can be more than broken bones and black eyes, but other types of abuse can be harder to spot.


Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)

The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.


Tunica-Biloxi Tribe distances film from Hollywood producer accused of assault
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe distances film from Hollywood producer accused of assault (November 16, 2017)

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and the producers of the critically-acclaimed Wind River film have cut ties with a prominent Hollywood executive who has been accused of numerous incidents of sexual assault.


More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)

Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.


Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sisters
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sisters (March 22, 2017)

'It’s a hard struggle when a member of your family passes away. But this Day of Awareness can mean that her memory will live on forever.'


Advocates open StrongHearts Native Helpline for Native survivors
Advocates open StrongHearts Native Helpline for Native survivors (March 7, 2017)

Callers can receive culturally-relevant and confidential assistance at 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm Central time.


Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access Pipeline
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access Pipeline (February 22, 2017)

With all hope lost in the Trump administration, more tribes and tribal advocates are joining the court fight.


Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters
Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters (February 15, 2017)

Advocates are calling for May 5 to be designated as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch
Strong Hearts Helpline for Native survivors set for 2017 launch (October 14, 2016)

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is starting the initiative.


Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access Pipeline
Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access Pipeline (October 13, 2016)

A legal, regulatory and political push continues in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Native women lead official inquiry into missing and murdered sisters
Native women lead official inquiry into missing and murdered sisters (August 4, 2016)

Three of the five commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are Native women.


Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)

A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violence
Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violence (June 28, 2016)

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center submitted a brief in defense of a federal law that bars domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms.


Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (June 24, 2016)

With four Indian law case on the docket, tribes were preparing for the worst.


Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.


Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act
Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act (June 15, 2016)

Deborah Parker, a former vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes, reminded attendees of the United State of Women Summit not to forget about the first Americans.


Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)

A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.


Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (June 14, 2016)

Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Advocates prepare to launch tribal domestic violence hotline
Cronkite News: Advocates prepare to launch tribal domestic violence hotline (May 17, 2016)

Sometime this year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline expects to take the first call at a hotline created specifically to respond to tribal victims.


Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men
Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (May 5, 2016)

The Department of Justice is making the case for restoring tribal jurisdiction with data that confirms Native women and Native men are more likely to be victimized by non-Natives.


Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (April 18, 2016)

US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.


Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (March 11, 2016)

Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.


Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian Country
Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian Country (February 22, 2016)

The 2013 reauthorization of the law recognizes the 'inherent power' of tribes to arrest, prosecute and punish non-Indians for certain domestic violence offenses.


Native women schedule Quilt Walk for Justice at Supreme Court
Native women schedule Quilt Walk for Justice at Supreme Court (December 1, 2015)

Native women and their supporters will rally as the justices hear a critical tribal jurisdiction case on December 8.


Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming case
Native women to rally at Supreme Court for upcoming case (November 11, 2015)

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center is teaming up with The Monument Quilt to bring the stories of Native survivors to the nation's capital.


Native women defend tribal jurisdiction in Supreme Court case
Native women defend tribal jurisdiction in Supreme Court case (October 26, 2015)

Native advocates are worried that the justices will send the wrong message to Native women and Native children, who are victimized at rates far higher than their counterparts.


Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Supreme Court case tests tribal jurisdiction
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Supreme Court case tests tribal jurisdiction (October 14, 2015)

Further reason for concern in this case is the Amicus Brief filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt supporting Dollar General’s claim they cannot be prosecuted under the tribal court system because they are non-Indian.