March 2018
Introducing the first NAAV Newsletter
A Letter from Communication Specialist, Raven Word
 
The flowers haven't quite bloomed yet, and spring might still feel far away, but the time for renewal and growth is already here.

This is especially true for everyone here at the Native Alliance Against Violence. As a part of our continual expansion, I invite you to read the very first edition of the NAAV Newsletter.

In these monthly newsletters you can expect to see resources on various issues affecting Indian country, community events relating to domestic or sexual violence, workshop dates, and any relevant tribal news.

I would love to hear if you have suggestions on a specific topic you would like to see in an upcoming newsletter or information on an upcoming event that pertains to the NAAV's mission and goals. Talk to me at raven@oknaav.org.

Thank you for your support,
Raven Word
Free Screenings of Wind River
The NAAV is inviting the public to register for one of these four free screenings of the movie Wind River :

Registration is required and seating is limited. Click here to register: oknaav.eventbrite.com

6:00 pm- 8:30 pm - Monday, March 12, 2018:
Comanche Nation Community Event Center, 309 Julia Mahseet Rd., Apache, OK 73006

6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Wednesday, March 14, 2018:
Poncan Theatre, 104 E Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601

6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Thursday, March 15, 2018:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mound Building, 1008 E Eufaula St, Okmulgee, OK 74447

2:00 pm- 4:30 pm - Friday, March 16, 2018:
B & B Miami Cineplex, 222 N Main St, Miami, OK 74354

Wind River delves into the intersection of the energy industry, Indigenous women, sexual violence and murder within tribal jurisdiction. The movie follows the story of an FBI agent and a wildlife officer that work together to investigate the murder of a young Indigenous woman on a reservation in Wyoming. Though it is a fictional tale, Wind River is rooted in reality throughout Indian Country.  

The movie does not provide solutions, however, it does provide examples of some of the complexities that come with confronting sexual violence and homicides on tribal lands. The NAAV anticipates that the screenings will further demonstrate the ways that domestic and sexual violence are used against missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

This is an R rated film, all minors under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to violence, nudity and R rating we strongly discourage the attendance of young children.
News for Natives:
Keeping with the theme of renewal, we would like to reveal that the NAAV logo will be getting a huge update. We are so excited for the production of a modern and connected visual representation of our tribal coalition. The new logo will be finished soon so keep an eye out for it!
We update our website daily, so please send us your tribal DV/SA events. Click the calendar image to see what is planned for this month.
Important Dates:

4th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
1:00 – 3:30 pm

Choctaw Nation Event Center | Durant, Oklahoma

Hosted by the Choctaw Nation Sexual Assault Response Team

This event is held to honor Oklahoma Indian Country’s survivors of sexual assault, as well as the advocates that provide their support for these survivors. Join us as we speak out against sexual assault.
Raising Awareness of Oklahoma's Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
1:00 – 3:30 pm

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Community Event Center | Concho, Oklahoma

Hosted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Social Services-Domestic Violence Program

More information will be available in next month's edition!
Safety Matters
We would like to introduce the "Advocate Corner." This is meant to be a space specifically set aside for helpful information for our Oklahoma tribal domestic violence and sexual violence advocates from our Victim Advocate Specialist, Shelley Miller.

Safety is a huge concern for domestic violence and sexual assault advocates. The general public often doesn't realize that victim advocates can be subjected to the same acts of violence as the victims they are trying to help.

Shelley urges advocates to take the time to read a new resource on the oknaav.org/tribalresources page. This resource is just a few reminders of the ways that advocates can protect themselves.

This specific web page is password protected to keep the safety of our advocates from being compromised, so please e-mail us or give us a call at 405-801-2277 if you are an Oklahoma tribal advocate that needs the password!
March is National Women's History Month
We love strong women at the NAAV! Do you know any Native women that are making history? We challenge you to post on social media this month about a history making Native woman from your tribe! Tag us in your post (@oknaav)!
Thank you so much for reading the first NAAV Newsletter! The information contained here will continue to be available on our website!
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-IW- AX-0002 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.