Violence Against Women in American Indian/Native American & Alaska Native Communities

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)

This page highlights several resources related to violence against women in American Indian/Native American & Alaska Native communities. The organizations listed here provide information, services, and advocacy for American Indian/Native American & Alaska Native communities and those who work on their behalf. Because of the ever-changing and growing nature of the Internet, we encourage you to use these sites as a starting point for your research. * If you would like to suggest an addition to the list, please use VAWnet's online contact form.

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Organizations (with Featured Resources)

Note: The following list was developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) with support from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) to serve as a resource for domestic and sexual violence advocates and others concerned about safety and justice for women and their children. VAWnet provides these resources as a source of information that you can evaluate on your terms and for your own needs, and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the NRCDV or NSVRC.


Technical Assistance

American Indian and Alaska Native Violence Against Women - US Department of Health and Human Services
This site provides information on current events, legislation, resources, provider education, public health issues, policies and procedures, clinical tools, sexual assault, community action, cultural appropriateness and access to care.

American Indian Development Associates
"AIDA is a 100% American Indian and woman owned small business that focuses on research guided and culturally relevant development of policies, programs, and community-based systems. As the organization has grown, its ability to provide the adjunct and co-requisite services needed by many Indian Nations has expanded. AIDA provides training, technical assistance, research and evaluation services that are designed to build the capacity of tribes and tribal programs to develop and administer systems and programs that can meet the unique needs of Indian people and communities."

Clanstar, Inc.
"To restore the safety of Native women by addressing domestic battering, sexual abuse, torture, and stalking, Clan Star works with fourteen tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions from across the United States. They provide assistance to their counterparts across the nation, offering help with legal issues, organizational planning, video production for public service announcements, interagency communication and collaboration, leadership training, mentorship and internet access."

Mending the Sacred Hoop
Mending the Sacred Hoop (MSH) is a Native American Women's organization that helps tribal governments and agencies improve their response to Native American victims of violence against women by crafting strategies at local levels that reflect available resources and cultural perspectives.   MSH publishes a newsletter, provides assistance and advocacy, coordinates public education events and conferences, and hosts an online discussion forum.
* Featured Resources: Introductory Manual to Domestic Violence in Indian Country [PDF] | Sexual Assault Advocacy Guide [PDF]| Brochures | Wheel Gallery | Newsletters | The Native Women Research Project: A Community Based Analysis of the U.S. Legal System's Intervention in Domestic Abuse Cases Involving Indigenous Women [PDF]

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and works on behalf of Indian children and families.   NICWA provides public policy, research, and advocacy; information and training relating to Indian child welfare; and community development services to a broad national audience including tribal governments and programs, state child welfare agencies, and other organizations, agencies, and professionals interested in the field of Indian child welfare.
* Featured Resources: NICWA Catalog & Product Order Form [PDF]

Praxis International, Inc.
Praxis International, Inc. is a non-profit research and training organization that works toward the elimination of violence in the lives of women and children. Reform initiatives are done on the local, statewide, and national levels. Praxis works with advocacy organizations, intervention agencies, and inter-agency collaborations to create clear and cooperative agendas for social change.
* Featured Resources: Domestic Violence and Tribal Protection of Indigenous Women in the United States by Gloria Valencia-Weber and Christine P. Zuni | Model Tribal Domestic Violence Full Faith and Credit Ordinance by the Full Faith and Credit Project

Sacred Circle, National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women
722 Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 877-733-7623
Sacred Circle provides technical assistance, policy development, training institutes, and resource information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault to develop coordinated agency response in American Indian / Alaska Native tribal communities.

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute
"The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples."

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse
"The Tribal Court Clearinghouse has been developed on a volunteer basis by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and develop education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples."

Women's Rural Advocacy Programs-Native American Domestic Violence
The site provides information on Tribal and Native women's sovereignty, why Native women stay, collusion, information for women who have been battered, natural life-supporting power, unnatural life-destroying power, and internalized oppression.
* Featured Resources: Sovereignty | Why Indian Women Stay | Internalized Oppression

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Services and Advocacy

Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project
The AFVPP conducts research, develops domestic violence training curricula and provides multidisciplinary training and technical assistance on family violence for health and social service providers, public health professionals, and communities across Alaska.   AFVPP works closely with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to increase awareness about and community capacity to prevent and intervene in family violence.

Cangleska, Inc.
P.O. Box 638, Shannon County
Kyle, SD 57752
Phone: 605-455-2244
Cangleska, Inc. is a domestic violence organization located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It is a tribally-chartered non-profit organization that provides domestic violence services to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.   Known nationally for culturally-specific work, Cangleska was named a demonstration project by the US Department of Justice under the Violence Against Women Act.   Cangleska also operates Sacred Circle, National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women.

Minnesota Indian's Women's Resource Center
"The Center provides services to Native women. Housing, sexual abuse, and chemical dependency programs are available.   Additionally, the Library and Training Program is to increase knowledge, skills and awareness of human services professionals, to work more effectively with chemically dependent Native women and their families."

Native American Circle, LTD
"Native American Circle, Ltd. (NAC) is a non-profit, federally tax exempt victim advocacy organization. NAC's programs are available to tribes operating batterer intervention and victim services programs to aid survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes, as well as to non-Indian programs desiring to offer culturally competent victim services. NAC's programs are designed to foster admiration of indigenous cultures and pride in cultural-connectedness, while fueling interest in recovering non-violent, traditional lifestyles in today's American Indian/Alaska Native communities."
* Featured Resources: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking: Prevention and Intervention Programs in Native American Communities Manual | Addressing Stalking Crimes in Native American Communities [PDF] by Jo Hally

Niwhongwh xw E:na:wh Stop the Violence Coalition, Inc.
P.O. Box 309
Hoopa, CA 95546
Phone: 530-625-1662
Fax: 530-625-1677
Email: nestvc@aol.com

Spirits of Hope
"A coalition addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma Indian Country, formerly known as the Oklahoma Native American Domestic Violence Coalition. We here at the Spirits of Hope are uniting and promising to: Educate Oklahoma Tribal Communities on issues of domestic violence and   sexual assault; Empower the individuals who have endured and survived domestic violence and/or sexual assault; Protect our Indian families from domestic violence and sexual assault; Strenghten individuals, families, and communities by utilizing traditional   values; and Advocate a united approach toward the prevention and intervention of   domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Tribal Justice & Public Policy

Avalon Project
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School provides full-text documents, statutes, and treaties between the United States and Native Americans.  

National Congress of American Indians
"The National Congress of American Indians is the oldest and largest national Indian organization. Among its goals is to protect the rights of Indian Nations and Native Governments. This site lists current NCAI issues, meetings, documents, nuclear waste programs, links, etc. An excellent National Calendar of Indian meetings held throughout the United States is listed."

National Tribal Justice Resource Center
"The National Tribal Justice Resource Center is the largest and most comprehensive site dedicated to tribal justice systems, personnel and tribal law. The Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal courts, providing both technical assisstance and resources for the development and enhancement of tribal justice system personnel. Programs and services developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal justice system personnel -- whether working with formalized tribal courts or with tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums."

National American Indian Court Judges Association
"The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is a national voluntary association of tribal court judges. Its membership is primarily judges, justices and peacemakers serving in tribal justice systems. NAICJA is a non-profit corporation established in 1969. The Association is primarily devoted to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy. The mission of the Association, as a national representative membership organization, is to strengthen and enhance tribal justice systems."

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute
"The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples."

The Tribal Court Clearinghouse
"The Tribal Court Clearinghouse has been developed on a volunteer basis by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and develop education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples."

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Cultural Resources and Information

Alaska Knowledge Network
"The Alaska Native Knowledge Network is designed to serve as a resource for compiling and exchanging information related to Alaska Native knowledge systems and ways of knowing.   It has been established to assist Native people, government agencies, educators and the general public in gaining access to the knowledge base that Alaska Natives have acquired through cumulative experience over millennia.   The Alaska Federation of Natives and the University of Alaska, with support from the National Science Foundation, have formed the Alaska Native/Rural Education Consortium to provide support for the integration of Alaska Native knowledge and ways of knowing into the educational systems of Alaska."

Alaska Native Heritage Center
"In 1987, the Alaska Federation of Natives, the state's largest Native organization, responded to the need for a community gathering place by unanimously approving the concept to establish a statewide Native culture center.   The Alaska Native Heritage Center was formed a year and a half later as an independent non-profit organization with tax exempt status.   The Alaska Native Heritage Center improves understanding among all Alaskans and encourages appreciation of Alaska Native people and their traditions, history, and contributions to Alaska."

Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC)
"The Center was established in 1972 by state legislation as a center for research and documentation of the twenty Native languages of Alaska.   It is internationally known and recognized as the major center in the United States for the study of Eskimo and Northern Athabascan languages.   ANLC publishes its research in story collections, dictionaries, grammars, and research papers.   The center houses an archival collection of more than 10,000 items, virtually everything written in or about Alaska Native languages, including copies of most of the earliest linguistic documentation, along with significant collections about related languages outside Alaska.   Staff provides materials for bilingual teachers and other language workers throughout Alaska, assist social scientists and others who work with Native languages, and provide consulting and training services to teachers, school districts, and state agencies involved in bilingual education."

NativeCulture.com
NativeCulture.com is a portal to the history and culture of Native Americans. The "Update" section presents Native News, on-line Native American periodicals and news sources (both conventional services and Native American News Services), Powwow Calendar, and featured articles. The "Learn" section contains three separate categories: Tribes and Nations, Arts and Expression and Learning, Teaching and Information Sharing. Numerous links are provided to North American tribal government sites, Federal, State, and Provincial Affairs, social justice causes that impact the Native American Community, commerce and business development, and Native American organizations. Recommended books for children, young adults, and adults are also available on the web site.

NativeWeb
NativeWeb, an international, non-profit, educational organization is a technological resource for indigenous cultures. Native Web features a Resource Center, Books & Music, Communities, Hosted Sites, News, and People and Places.

WWW Virtual Library - American Indians Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
This site includes links to Native American resources on Culture, History, Education, Language, Health, Indigenous Knowledge, Native American Art, Artists, Galleries, Art Related Sites, Museums, Archaeology, Electronic Texts, Genealogy, Legal Books, Non-Profits, Government, Music, Nations, Video and Film, Commercial Jobs, Announcements, Organizations, Activist Sites, Gaming, Home Pages, Bibliographies and Other Indices, Media, Movies, and WWW Virtual Libraries.


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