November is American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
CSVANW honors and respects all of our Pueblos, Tribes and Nations and their significant contributions to advancing tribal communities for our elders and younger generation! The future looks promising with grassroots organizations mobilizing social changes through environmental protection, changing Columbus day to Indigenous People's Day and making legislative changes that further work to protect our Native women and children. 

CSVANW is 1 of 18 Tribal Coalition  across the nation-  we take pride in collectively addressing the diverse response to violence in our tribal communities. The best response or solutions to violence is often found in our culture. Our communities' each
 have the answer... and collectively, the motivation, discussions and empowerment for our communities to heal from violence begins with them! Let's us celebrate the diverse tribal Nations across the U.S. and our heritage

November Cultural Events! 
November 12th - Jemez Pueblo Feast Day 
November 13th - Rock Your Mocs Day
 November 19th - 2nd Annual ABHS Wellness Pow-Wow | P.O.A. Community Center 10:00am-1:00pm & 5:00pm-7:00pm
November 20th - 2nd Annual Sandia Prep Pow-Wow | Sandia Prep (West Gym)532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, from 11:00am-9:00pm

Native-Focused Conferences 
Nov 16th and 17th - Warrior Spirit Indigenous Psychology Conference: Native Youth Encampment. 
Nov 18th - Indigenous Comic Con 

Celebrating and honoring 20 years of service to New Mexico's tribal communities, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women recently moved to new offices to accommodate a team that has doubled in size. CSVANW will be installing a handmade ceramic tile legacy wall in their new offices to commemorate and honor the resilience, strength and spirit of our Native women and children who have been affected by violence.

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 will only be selling 100 ceramic tiles, 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! 
Deadline is November 30! 

CSVANW Happenings!  
Grateful Gatherings at CSVANW's Dinner Reception!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center! 
CSVANW is immensely grateful for the Dinner Reception Gathering! It was a beautiful turn-out of community members, partners and honorees! The evening started off with bidding on the donated silent auction items. The attendees were all nicely dressed to impress and a few with their traditional attire! With the seasons changing and the events leading up to the Dinner Reception, Deleana and the staff have been reflecting on what community means to CSVANW! 

Native peoples in New Mexico Tribal communities are supportive and powerful in groups! We all need the support from one another, when eliminating violence against our Native women and children. CSVANW was happy to honor our powerful Native relatives working for the betterment of tribal communities! Thank you for attending and for your support on our silent auction! 


For more photos! Check out our Facebook album and our BLOG on the Dinner reception!

#iwillRUNforHer 5k Domestic Violence Awareness run
and 1K Kid's run  

CSVANW organized their 1st Annual 5k Run! 
The process was a learning experience, yet super fun! Many community partners such as Wings of America, Running Medicine and Isleta's Behavioral health department helped make the event a success! Thank you to our partners and community members! The turn out was amazing with the nice weather! The event was held next  to the Tingley  Beach pond, filled with ducks, geese and fishers! The runners said, "the run through the Bosque was refreshing!" They were able to reflect about US Attorney Damon Martinez's speech and the meaning of the run, with the statistical & motivational signs along the course! 

Many of our volunteers came right at 7am to help set-up and aid any station needed to make the event run smoothly! CSVANW is appreciative of our volunteers and their dedicated time! We look forward to next years 2nd Annual Run and making it better for our relatives! 

For more photos! Check out our Facebook album and our BLOG on the run! 

CSVANW's 40 - Hour Advocacy Training: Advancing Advocacy 

With one of its largest classes to date, CSVANW kicked off our 2nd Advancing Advocacy: 40 Hour Core Advocacy Training of the year! Geared towards new domestic violence advocates working with Native women, this week long training addresses the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault against Native women and children, with a primary focus of working with- and within- tribal communities. This class of new advocates came from different areas of New Mexico and Arizona to join us! On the last day, the advocates attended a community site visit and training with the Pueblo of Isleta! 

Be sure to check out our next training in April 2017! 

Haven House's Mayor's Barbecue 10.14.16

CSVANW attended the Mayor's Barbecue on October 14, 2016! There were many friendly Law Enforcement, advocates and community members in attendance! The music and food was delicious! Thank you Haven House for the invite and CSVANW wishes you the best in your fundraising endeavors
Native American Community Academy (NACA) Feast Day!  

CSVANW is greatly connected with NACA in so many ways! We champion their student success by bridging our mission and vision for a healthier urban Native community and by hosting, each year, a NACA high school intern. It starts with the younger generation and listening to them! There was singing, dancing and amazing speakers talking about the power of change NACA's Feast Day! CSVANW is always grateful for the invite to set up a booth and outreach to the youth! 
SANE's 20 years of Courage, Compassion and Action! 

Devona Bradford, CSVANW's Sexual Assault Project Coordinator, attended the highly anticipated dinner celebration, 20 YEARS OF COURAGE, COMPASSION AND ACTION, by Albuquerque SANE in mid October! The evening honored direct service advocates and their commitment to helping victims of sexual assault.
November 23, 2016 -December    
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Shumakolowa Native Arts Gift Shop  Book Drive  
Stay tuned for more info!

November, 2016
Homeless Thanksgiving Feed
CSVANW partners with First Nations Community  Health source Homeless Outreach Program 
Exact Date TBA

December 2, 2016 
Membership Meeting
Nusenda Training Center, Piedra Lisa room 
4100 Pan American Freeway NE, Building B. Albuquerque, NM 87107

December, 2016
Clothing Drive for the Homeless
Will accept donations, beginning of December.
CSVANW partners with First Nations Community Health source Homeless Outreach Program 

January, 2017
New Mexico Advocate Meeting  
Convening our Tribal/ State/ Federal Victim Advocates and Witness Coordinators
Stay tuned for more info!

April 2017 
Advancing Advocacy: CSVANW's 40-Hour Core Advocacy Training 
Stay tuned for more info!

SAVE THE DATE! Membership  Meeting on December 2, 2016!


November 10, 2016
Emerge NM "Joe with Meaux" - Untested "Rape Kits" coffee & conversation 
Starts at 7:30pm
Artichoke Cafe, 424 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

November 13, 2016
Santa Ana Golf Club 

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

Remember to register! The Department of Justice's Annual Tribal Consultation is now open for registration! 
Palm Springs, California
 December 5-9, 2016

Let's support NIWRC's amicus brief!  
"To all of our Partners and Allies-

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) will be filing an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight to stop a pipeline that threatens their water, sacred sites, and ultimately, the health and welfare of their entire Nation. We are asking all organizations who joined us in signing onto the Dollar General amicus brief to join us now, and sign onto this brief as well.
If you wish to sign your organization onto the NIWRC amicus brief, please be sure fill out the form below and sign up NO LATER than September 30. Due to time constraints, we cannot guarantee that entries received after September 30 will be added to the brief." -NIWRC
For more information about NIWRC's amicus brief, and who should sign the brief, CLICK HERE!

The Department of Justice is expanding the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information which provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes.  Tribes interested in participating in TAP must submit a letter or resolution from the tribe's governing body by December 2, 2016. 

U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez invites you to join him and his staff at the 2016 District of New Mexico Tribal Consultation. The Consultation will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center located at 2401 12th Street NW in Albuquerque.
Advocacy Learning Center is Now Accepting Applications
This innovative 18-month course gives advocates, advocacy program managers and coalition staff a rare chance to come together for self-reflection, inspiration and an opportunity to re-think their approach to individual, institutional and community advocacy. 
During this 18-month journey, organizations  will have access to: 
  • 9 days of intensive in-person training 
  • Monthly support and critical thinking webinar sessions
  • Quarterly keynote lectures from thinkers, practitioners, researchers, writers and activists
  • 2 independent study courses
  • 1 site visit to an innovative program working for social change/social justice
  • Free individualized technical assistance

First Nations Community HealthSource food drive!
Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission released a report on The Status of Navajo Women and Gender Violence.

The report is a compilation of three public hearings held on the Navajo Nation, along with a two day work session with four Navajo traditional medicine people. The Commission also conducted several special work sessions to discuss and analyze Navajo transcripts that relate to this report.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission upholds their reports with the utmost respect, to honor and protect the advancement of DineĢ human rights. They offer the following report.  

Jobs Vacancy
Help End Abuse for Life (H.E.A.L.) is hiring!  

They are currently seeking a qualified candidate for their Executive Director Position! 

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center is HIRING! 
Current Vacancies

The NIWRC is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

Open Vacancies for StrongHearts Native Helpline:


The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 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 team played softball and volleyball on the IPCC staff 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! We only have two months left until the end of the year has arrived. We have a few holiday special projects to finish off the year but looking back at CSVANW's year, we thank you for the continued support from our community partners and members! The #CSVANWteam will continue to carry on the mission and vision for our Native women and children, with our beautiful office space. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming "Open House" in January, 2017!

Want to support CSVANW in getting settled into their office? We have a new Amazon Wishlist! Click here to view our list! Also, we are looking for art decor donations for our walls. Call us! 

A Call to Remember our Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls
Submitted by Cheyenne Antonio
A new blog post by CSVANW! 

CSVANW is asking our Coalition family and friends, organizational partners and agencies to sign on to the call to Congress for a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. A heartfelt blog, aimed at bringing broader awareness for our Native girls and women here in the Southwest was written by Cheyenne Antonio, one of our  #CSVANWTeam members.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's gift shop Shumakolowa Book Drive
Anonymous blog

The Coalition to Stop Violence against Native Women is teaming up with the Indian Pueblo Central Center again! This holiday season make a donation to a shelter and a community in need! IPCC's Gift Shop Shumakolowa Native Arts is sponsoring a book drive for Natve children and families supported by CSVANW. Many times, our children who flee their homes with their families to shelters, may not have access to books or items of comfort. Stay tuned! For the link and website to purchase your choice of book(s) to donate! 
To read more about the harrowing effects of children witnessing violence and how literacy can be forgotten in times of crisis! Read the blog, click below!  

The Power of SEVEN! 
CSVANW Staff Retreat! 

CSVANW is a success because of the minds behind the mission! Mid October, CSVANW held an outside staff retreat, away from the office! We did yoga in the morning and an small affirmation activity by the Rio Grande River! It defiantly revitalized and affirmed our work in this field. 

To check out more picture of the outside Bosque staff retreat on Facebook, click below!

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's Office of Diversity & Human Rights

Yolanda Francisco-Nez (second from left to right in picture) is from the Navajo/Dine' tribe and is the Director of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's Office of Diversity & Human Rights.  She is Tabaaha and born for Nakai Dine'e'. She was born and raised in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Vivian Yazza is her mother. Yolanda is the granddaughter of Vincent Yazza, who was a Navajo Code Talker during WWII.

  "My wish is to eliminate sexual violence in Indian Country especially for women and girls. As a mother who has raised 5 Dine' children,  I am inspired by organizations like CSVANW who offer important leadership in small communities where children are incredibly vulnerable.  I encourage everyone to be involved and participate in protecting our children."

CSVANW offers many opportunities to volunteers and internships. This semester we have Shaylee Skidmore, a super energetic and sweet junior at the Native American Community Academy. She enjoys time with her family/brother and being a student at NACA. She hopes to contribute to CSVANW Native Youth projects! CSVANW has partnered with NACA to provide practical hands-on opportunities for their students!

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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


Executive Director

Training & Development Manager

Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Sexual Assault Project Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Program Assistant

Native Youth Coordinator

Native Youth Intern from NACA

Bookkeeper and Accounting