February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is considered the month of love. In our tribal and urban communities, young Native teen couples are declaring their relationship on social media by posting their flowers, candy and cards. At CSVANW, we know it's a perfect opportunity to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence (TDV), healthy relationships and consent. While there is the wonderful side to relationship, there may also be a hidden side. Many of our Native teens are experiencing violence in their relationship, and often times, they may not have the knowledge or a safe space to talk about these issues.

Keioshiah Peter, CSVANW Native Youth Coordinator is changing the conversation about teen dating violence (TDV) by focusing on healthy relationships and empowering teens of the dangers of unhealthy relationships.

For the month of February, she started a social media campaign on our CSVANW Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. She's empowering our Native Youth and our audiences to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence by following our daily Facebook post challenge. It's a creative way to engage our Native Youth to speak out. She has also written a beautiful BLOG about TDV and ways to get engage in safe relationships. At CSVANW, let us honor our Native Youth and the challenges they face, by promoting awareness! So we challenge you to post your inspirational message to a Native Youth on your Facebook today!

Click Here!  To read about ways to get involved with bringing awareness to TDV and the social media challenges.

For more information about healthy relationships, check out the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center 's (NIWRC) campaign called  NativeLove!

For more information on Teen Dating Violence,  Click Here!

Handmade Ceramic Tile legacy Wall
CSVANW received our first batch of tiles from our members and community partners! They are beautiful with the inspiring messages of hope and love! The vivid colors really stands out and it will be a wonderful addition to our office! 

Celebrating and honoring 20 years of service to New Mexico's tribal communities, CSVANW recently moved to new offices to accommodate a team that has doubled in size. To commemorate and honor the resilience, strength and spirit of our Native women and children who have been affected by violence- CSVANW is working to install a legacy wall. Our   new address is-  
4600 Montgomery Blvd, Suite B 202, Albuquerque, NM 87109. 
CSVANW is inviting families, communities, agencies and organizations to individualize a tile in honor of a Native woman or child affected by violence for the "Resilience That is Us" legacy wall and become a permanent part of CSVANW's new home and its 20-year legacy.
CSVANW has only 47 ceramic tiles left-  
that are 6x6 in size, satin glazed and fired.
Interested in designing a tile? Want to donate a tile to a family that has been impacted by violence to design? Want to display your logo and organization's commitment to supporting the safety of our Native women and children? Purchase and design a tile today! 

Interested in creating a tile? Want to purchase a tile and donate it?
Call us today or download the form here! 

CSVANW Happenings!  
CSVANW presents at 2017 Human Trafficking Conference   
Deleana Otherbull, Executive Director and Kim Benally, Training and Development Manger, presented on Human Trafficking in New Mexico Tribal Communities at the 2017 Human Trafficking Conference last week. Thank you to the State of New Mexico Office of the Attorney General for putting on this important conference. CSAVNW has many initiatives for bringing broader awareness to human and sex trafficking. Check out the next upcoming meeting on May 23-24, 2017 in the Albuquerque area. CSVANW Events Calendar

To learn more about Human Trafficking in the State of New Mexico, click here!  

Keioshiah Peter's pre-presentation selfie on CSVANW's SnapChat! #Blessed
Keioshiah Peter, CSVANW Native Youth Coordinator, presented to the Native Youth last week at the Pueblo of Isleta, on February 1, 2017! She's a regular there with Isleta's Behavioral Health Services, Kory Kie, Experiential Educator. Together they are creatively creating change for our New Mexico Tribal communities through our Native youth! Thank you for all your hard work Keioshiah -bringing awareness to Teen Dating Violence (TDV)!

To learn more about following CSVANW's SnapChat page, click here!  

CSVANW Staff traveled to the Women's March in Washington, DC!

To see more photos, check out our Facebook post, Click Here! 

CSVANW kicked-off their 1st Focus Group in Mescalero.

CSVANW kicked-off their first Focus Group in Mescalero Apache Nation on January 27, 2017. In attendance were the Mescalero Violence Against Women program, HEAL - The NEST (Domestic Violence Shelter), and Mescalero VAW Advisory Board members.

At CSVANW, our members are our highest priority. We want to champion their efforts in this movement against violence and how their Tribal Coalition can best support them!

Our roundtable discussion consisted of personal stories growing up and motherhood challenges. As part of CSVANW's core values, we believe relationship building is very important. To maintain and care for our relationships with community members and partners. 

CSVANW thanks the women in attendance! Thank You!

CSVANW attends opening of the Northern Navajo Medical Center's SANE unit.

Our CSVANW executive director, Deleana OtherBull travelled to Shiprock to attend the opening of the Northern Navajo Medical Center's SANE unit. A collaborative effort led by NNMC, Indian Health Service and the Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico, the SANE unit will now provide support and sexual assault examinations for victims in Shiprock and the surrounding communities - which will drastically cut down on wait and travel times for victims and their families. 

Pictured: Eleana Butler, executive director of SASNWNM

February 16, 2017
NM Human Trafficking Taskforce
Bureau of Indian Affairs
1001 Indian School Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 

February 10, 2017
Board and Membership Meeting 
NewMexicoWomen.org building
135 W Palace Ave, Suite 301(3rd Floor) Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Contact: Jana Pfeiffer at 

February 23, 2017
Open House at CSVANW's office
4600 Montgomery Blvd, Suite B 202
Albuquerque, NM
Contact: Jana Pfeiffer at 

March 30-31, 2017
4th Annual Tribal Leader's Summit 
Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Stay tuned for registration link! 
April 17-21, 2017 
Advancing Advocacy: CSVANW's 40-Hour Core Advocacy Training 
Isleta Resort & Casino
11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105 
Stay tuned for registration link!

April 21-22, 2017
Young Indigenous Femme's Retreat 
Institute of American Indian Arts' Hogan
83 A Van Nu Po, Santa Fe, NM 87508
Contact: Keioshiah Peter at kpeter@csvanw.org 

Membership and Board Meeting
Santa Fe, NM 
February 10, 2017

Young Indigenous Femmes Retreat 
IAIA's Hogan
April 21-22, 2017

February 15, 2016
Behavioral Health Day at the Legislature
State Capital Rotunda Santa Fe, NM 

March 7-10, 2017
New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission: Advocacy in Action Conference
Hyatt Regency Tamaya

April 1-30, 2017
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
NM Communities & Organizations
Stay Tuned for more info!

February 1-28, 2017
2017 Wellness Challenge by SHAC
Native Native American Community Academy (NACA)
Contact: SHAC Coordinator (505) 266- 0992 x1007 



Advocacy in Action 22nd Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
March 7-10, 2017

Jobs Vacancy
New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission is hiring!  

They are currently seeking a qualified candidate for their Grant Program Specialist - Position #10110202.

Solace Crisis Treatment Center is hiring!  

They are currently seeking a full-time (40 hours a week) Bilingual Family Advocacy Specialist.

May We Raise Them
Angel Thomas

I was awake before anyone else in the hospital room that September morning, even before the sun rising in the East. I stared out the window and prayed-and I'm not even religious.
But, I knew my baby girl was coming that very day and I needed all the help I could get. I prayed for the strength to raise a woman of color, the guidance to lead her life's mission with love, and for the patience that a child requires of their mother.
At 1:32pm, Olivia Madeleine was born and I cried tears of absolute pure joy because I finally got to see the little human I had grown to love so deeply over the nine months of my pregnancy.
She was here and so began my life's new mission- to raise a warrior woman. To raise a leader.
To read more about Angel's blog, click below!
Balancing Life in the Social Change Movement
Deleana Otherbull

  My grandma is turning 75 next week.
She called me a few days ago to tell me she's driving to Albuquerque next month for a conference- and asked if I would like to go to the Denver March powwow in Colorado with she and my grandpa the weekend after.  I told her, "I will check my schedule and let you know". Before she got off the phone, she scolded me... she said, "you're always busy, Nina. Too busy. You travel everywhere- sometimes I don't know where you are." 
It was a lighthearted moment- I smiled. I remember being in middle school- telling my grandma that exact same thing- that she was always busy... and that I couldn't remember where she was travelling to next. 
To read Deleana's blog, click below! 


The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) was home to the #CSVANWteam for nearly 15 years! But over the last year, the team has doubled, requiring larger space. We will surely miss the singing, dances, Harvest Cafe and IPCC staff members! Many of our staff played softball and volleyball on the IPCC teams. 

As we settle in our new offices, a little closer to the Sandia mountains, we are profoundly grateful for the new office space and upcoming endeavors to come for the year 2017! With a new larger space and limited funds to fill our office space, we are asking our community partners to help us make our space beautiful! We had a chalk board purchased on our Amazon wishlist just recently - thank you for your donation! Just last week, we were able to purchase the chair with our own funds. Our offices are slowly but surely coming together. Please SAVE THE DATE for our  OPEN HOUSE on February 23, 2017, from 3pm-5pm.

Please help make our CSVANW wishlist become possible for our #CSVANWteam. They deserve a beautiful space to work so hard in. 

Want to support CSVANW Open House or light refreshments? Check out our Amazon Wishlist! Click here to view our list and contact Jana Pfeiffer at jpfeiffer@csvanw.org. 

New office address:
4600  Montgomery  blvd. Suite B 202,  Albuquerque, NM 87109.

Olivia Roanhorse, Diné
Olivia Roahnhorse, is DinĂ© from the Navajo Nation. She is currently the Director of Native Strong: Health Kids, Healthy Futures program at the Notah Begay III Foundation based out of  Albuquerque, NM . She has done outstanding work with the NB3 Foundation and CSVANW hopes her years of experiences will help further our mission to stop violence against Native women and children. Please join us in welcoming Olivia to our CSVANW Board Member team! 

Check out the NB3 profile of Olivia, Click below!
Another Way, Page AZ

Gregg Martinez is the Executive Director for Another Way, a multi-disciplined empowerment center and transitional living shelter. Another Way focuses on strength-based, goal-orientated interventions that result in many success stories. It views culture as the cornerstone of success by encouraging re-identification with Native beliefs and traditions. They are located in Page, Arizona and specializes in transitional living. Private living quarters are available as well as: child care, counseling, traditional practices, job placement, education, support groups, and eco-therapy. 

To Learn more about our newest member Another Way, click on the link below!

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CSVANW at info@csvanw.org
CSVANW Board of Directors 

Executive Director for PeaceKeepers of ENIPC
Board Chair

Tribal Secretary for Taos Pueblo
Board Treasurer

VOICES Program Manager
Board Member

Executive Director for H.E.A.L.
Board Secretary

Board Member

Director of Native Strong @ NB3F
Board Member


Executive Director

Training & Development Manager

Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Sexual Assault Project Coordinator

Native Youth Coordinator

Program Assistant

Office Coordinator

Native Youth Intern from NACA

Bookkeeper and Accounting