June 2021 Newsletter
Happy Pride!

This month, we celebrate our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives, we honor 2SLGBTQ+ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and reaffirm our commitment to working towards healthy families & healthy communities for all our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives. 2SLGBTQ+ people experience disproportionately high rates of sexual assault & face unique barriers and challenges when seeking support, help and healing. It has been especially challenging for our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives of color and our trans relatives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But there are ways we can show up for our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives: Listen. Believe. And let them know they are not alone.

Our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives are valuable, sacred and vital contributors to our communities. By accepting, supporting, honoring, and loving our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives, we can empower, strengthen, and validate their voices and their true existence in our communities – respect their beauty! This Pride month, we ask you all to join us as we honor, validate, and celebrate our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives in our communities.

To our beautiful and fierce 2SLGBTQ+ relatives:
We see you.
We hear you.
We support you.
We love you.
We believe you!
We respect your beauty!
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This month, we celebrate our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives, we honor 2SLGBTQ+ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, & reaffirm our commitment to working towards healthy families & healthy communities for all our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives.

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CSVANW is heartbroken and mourns for the 215 Indigenous children found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Canada.
CSVANW sends light and prayers for healing and is in solidarity with our Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation relatives. The finding of the 215 Indigenous children buried reflects the long history of violence from settler colonial governments and systems. We know these systems have only changed form as the years have passed and the impacts generational trauma as well as ongoing settler colonial violence are devastating within our communities. 

We are in solidarity with all tribal Nations to create systemic solutions of change to address and end this ongoing violence. As we collectively mourn and process this, let us also reflect on the ways we can protect Indigenous children today. Our Indigenous children are valuable, sacred, and critical to our future. We must protect, love, listen to and believe our Indigenous children! 

Such news can bring up many deep emotions for survivors of residential boarding schools and their families and communities. You are not alone. If you or a loved one needs support, there are resources.

We are sharing the Indian Residential School Survivors Society’s list of support lines that they complied for survivors. If you need help, please reach out.

IRSSS Toll-Free Line: 1-800-721-0066
24hr National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
Tsow-Tun-Le Lum: 1-888-403-3123
Transformation Thursdays with Native Women Lead
May 13, 2021
CSVANW joined Native Women Lead and FreeForm to hold space to talk about the advocacy, systems change, and power building efforts from a local Indigenous and a national economic justice lens. We talked through solution supports & threads that connect to entrepreneurship for Indigenous business owners. Thank you to our partners in the movement to end violence: FreeForm and NWL.
May CSVANW Advocate Community Meetings
May 6, 2021
Amy Gordon of Tewa Roots Society provided CSVANW with an amazing presentation on Self Care and Compassion Fatigue on May 6ths CSVANW Advocate Community Meeting. Advocacy and work in the domestic violence and sexual violence against Native Women is hard work. CSVANW's Advocate Coordinator Tiffany Jiron and CSVANW's Media and Communications Assistant, Ryder Jiron want to continue to support our advocates. Our next training will be held on June 3, 2021 by Dr. Mark Pedrotty on Identifying and treating Brain Injury in Survivors of Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence.
Advancing Advocacy Training in the Four Corners Region
CSVANW offered it's first community-based 40-hour advancing advocacy training on May 18, 20, and 25, 2021, which provided tailored training to Navajo Nation advocates and advocates in the Four Corners Region. This training covered areas relating to advocacy in rural communities facing geographical and jurisdictional challenges, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, the advocates role in support survivors, and a workshop that was advocate-led.
MMIW and Resource Extraction training with Nambe Teen Coalition
May 5, 2021
Our CSVANW Native Youth Coordinator, Jovita Belgarde, shared a recorded presentation from Jennifer Marley in which she breaks down Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and how its related to resource extraction and settler colonialism.
Shifting Narratives Around the Table with CSVANW and Three Sisters Kitchen
May 5, 2021
CSVANW, CSVANW partners and CSVANW community members participated in food storytelling workshops put on by Three Sisters Kitchen called Shifting Narratives Around the Table on 5/5/21, 5/6/21, 5/12/21, and 5/13/21. During these sessions we told stories about our experiences with food. At each of these workshops, we’ve continued to clarify the stories we want to share, and how they disrupt harmful and inaccurate poverty narratives in our communities. Together, we’ve explored our lived experiences with poverty, our individual food stories, and how they inform the work we do today.
Garden Box Making Workshop at FUSE Makerspace
CSVANW partnered with FUSE Makerspace to put on a training on how to make garden boxes. FUSE Makerspace provided in depth training on how to use their space, safety protocols, using power tools, and assembling garden boxes. FUSE Makerspace donated the cost of training and monthly memberships to the CSVANW garden box building team totaling $750. FUSE Makerspace has continued to provide the space and guidance for CSVANW to make garden boxes for their garden box give away events in tribal communities.
Garden Giveaway in Ramah, NM
May 7, 2021
Our CSVANW Seed Library partnered with Food is Free Abq to put on a garden giveaway event for the tribal community of Ramah. We helped deliver enough soil, seeds, garden boxes, and ollas (clay irrigation pots) to giveaway to 20 community members so they can grow food from their homes. The seeds and ollas were donated by the CSVANW Seed Library. The soil was donated by Soilutions. The garden boxes and delivery were donated by Food is Free Abq. CSVANW recognizes that food insecurity and hunger are violence. Creating access to our Indigenous food ways to Natives in NM is nurturing our land and body connection as well as working to address hunger.
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Congratulations to Junes' Advocate of the month,
Summer M. Morez! 

Thank you for work for your community!"
Summer M. Morez is a member of the Navajo Nation originally from a small community called Kinlichee, AZ but currently resides in Gallup, NM. Summer works as a victim advocate for Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico in the Gallup Office. She will be employed with SASNWNM for 3 years in October. Since the pandemic has affected the world she has attended many zoom webinars, as well as participated in various online trainings to enhance her knowledge to better serve the Gallup community and surrounding reservations. She loves the work she does especially knowing she helped a survivor get through a traumatic event in one’s life. None of this would be possible without my amazing co-workers, family, and all the collaborating agencies coming together to bring awareness into our community. I am very thankful for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women for this opportunity and all the work they have done for our office during these challenging times. I will continue to advocate for those that affected by sexual violence. 
May 2021 DONORS
General contributions and donations from individual supporters and organizational partners are essential for CSVANW's sustainability and effectiveness. Your donation helps make it possible for us to cultivate and strengthen our ability to advocate for Native women and children and breaking of cycles of violence.
 Discussion: What Is Sexual Violence?
June 21, 2021

Join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women in this interactive discussion regarding sexual violence. Using video and discussion participants will work together to discuss what is sexual violence. Advocates, community members, law enforcement, etc. are encouraged to register!
 2SLGBTQ+ 101 Training
June 24, 2021

Join the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women in a training 101 about 2SLBGTQ people. This workshop will provide training on vocabulary, issues relating to 2SLGBTQ, and ways to center 2SLGBTQ issues. Join us in learning how to support our two spirit, trans, lesbian, gay, queer, and other identities during Pride Month.
Panel Discussion: COVID-19 and Tribal Communities
June 30, 2021

CSVANW welcomes you to an event to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on our tribal communities. Learn from our Native doctors that are in the field currently. This event is open to our community, members, advocates, etc.
Southwest Butterflies Retreat
Save the Dates
July 15 & 16, 2021

More information coming soon!
Honoring Healing & Accountability: Using Promising Practices & Restoring Ancestral Wisdom
June 29, 2021

This is a one day (8 hour) training for direct service providers that focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence and Indigenizing offender accountability programming for tribal communities. This training will include information sharing, Indigenous perspectives, trauma-informed best practices, accountability defined, and safety and violence prevention for future generations.
"We are honored to invite your participation in the 16th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation to be held August 17-20, 2021, through four afternoon sessions conducted online via a virtual platform. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency and uncertainty about future medical trends, the Department of Justice has determined that an online consultation is the best means to protect the safety and health of tribal leaders and others who usually attend this consultation in person. The consultation testimony sessions are open to federally-recognized, tribally elected and appointed leaders or their authorized designee to provide oral testimony. Tribal Leaders may also submit written testimony.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a grant-making agency in the U.S. Department of Justice. Under §903 of Title IX of the United States Department of Justice Reauthorization and Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), OVW is responsible for conducting annual government-to-government consultation with the leaders of all federally-recognized, Indian tribal governments on behalf of the United States Attorney General.

The purpose of consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal government leaders on the following topics:
(1) Administering tribal funds and programs;
(2) Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, homicide, stalking, and sex trafficking;
(3) Strengthening the federal response to such crimes; and,
(4) Improving access to local, regional, state, and federal crime information databases an criminal justice information systems."

Registration and additional information and resources will be posted soon on the OVW consultation website
Working with Sexual and Gender Minorities -4-
Training: Working with Sexual and Gender Minorities: Increasing Equity for LGBTQ+ People

When: Time: Wednesday June 16, 2021 01:00P-4:00P Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Where: Zoom!

Trainer: Robert Sturm, Robert has worked in the areas of health promotion and health equity for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to increase access and quality of medical care and behavioral health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people, Native Americans and other vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Description: This training will present data and context for the health inequities and disparities that affect sexual and gender minority populations in New Mexico. We will explore the quickly evolving identities that define people in this group and the language they use to talk about themselves, their identities and their experiences. We will then look at steps CPSW's can take to better support this population.

After registering you will receive an email with the Zoom details.
2021 Women Are Sacred Conference
Jun 8, 2021 - Jun 10, 2021
Virtual Event
"Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence"

Calling all advocates and community members, NIWRC’s Women Are Sacred Conference (WAS) is going virtual! WAS is one of the largest gatherings of tribal domestic violence programs, advocates, survivors, tribal leaders, and community members, law enforcement, and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against Indian women and children. Our 2021 conference will provide virtual training opportunities, presentations, and keynote addresses by established and emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to end the violence on various topics focused on supporting tribal nations, tribal domestic violence programs, and tribal community-based programs.

Our conference theme is "Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence." Carrying our medicine is how we have survived and continue to survive as Indigenous people. It is how we heal our spirit, our body, and the land we walk on. It is using traditional knowledge, skills, and practices to enhance the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nations. The Women Are Sacred Conference represents the strength and resilience of our people and the tools and knowledge we have to make a difference. It’s about our shared vision for the future in ending the violence.
Victim-Centered and Trauma Informed
Approaches to Community Supervision
Webinar and Ask the Expert Series

These trainings are sponsored and approved by the 
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

Live Ask the Expert Series
What is an "Ask the Expert" session?
Each 60 minute session features a brief overview presentation followed by an opportunity to engage in an in-depth facilitated discussion and question and answer (Q&A) session with subject matter experts, practitioners in the field, and other attendees.
Managing Sex Offender Caseloads: A Victim-Centered Approach
Jun 15 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT
Being Victim/Survivor-Centered: Working with Sexual Abusers
Jul 27 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

Our acclaimed Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project is seeking an individual who will provide coordination for the project as well as a variety of support, advocacy, intervention and outreach services to increase choices in the birthing experience for families in New Mexico. 

Doula and/or birthworker experience preferred. BIPOC applicants strongly encouraged. Please share this announcement with qualified applicants.

For more information or to send your resume, please email jessica@tewawomenunited.org
Keep checking back for more opportunities here.
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