October 2020 Newsletter
Greetings Relatives,

Every fall, for as far back as our memories can reach, Indigenous Peoples have spent this time of year harvesting, dancing in ceremony, and preparing for months of closeness with our loved ones. In my community, during this season, we are called home for feast to offer prayer and ask for blessings…

But this year was different. 

The love we hold for our elders and community took priority and we made beautiful sacrifices to keep others safe. So many of us could not safely return to our ancestorial homes for ceremony because of the pandemic. As I reflect on these changes, I am reminded that while we are experiencing a pandemic, aren’t we also experiencing a shift? A shift that has offered a change in the way we prioritize safety

And while our lives have all been touched by the coronavirus in ways that will likely remain to be seen, it is in that unknown, that we would like to draw attention this month. We are focused on the “unseen” impacts of the public health crisis. For months, many of us in the movement to end violence against women and children, have had a unique insight to the changes happening in how survivors accessed safety. We know calls from people experiencing intimate partner violence increased to hotlines, shelters and service providers. We know service providers made the impossible decision to work at reduced capacity due to mandatory safety restrictions. We also know that violence is still happening. 

So, for #DVAM, we are centering our awareness efforts on those survivors who have been unseen during covid.  We are making a shift in our advocacy because safety and services must also shift to meet survivors where they are: in their own homes and in their own communities. 

We see you. 
And, as we all continue to move closer toward creating safety for the people we love, I ask you to hold with us the awareness that survivors need to be seen this October and always. The safety of our women and children is a community responsibly. Please join us on social media for workshops and webinars, make a donation to through our website, and register for our annual #IWillRunForHer 5k Virtual Run on October 24-25, 2020. Use our hashtags when you share content about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Together, we do more. 

In Solidarity,

Angel Charley
Executive Director
Today is the kick-off of #DVAM. CSVANW invites survivors, advocates, service providers, community members, and Tribal leaders to join us in raising awareness of domestic violence during COVID-19, especially in our tribal communities. We also invite you to join CSVANW in supporting survivors, advocates and services providers who are facing ever-increasing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We see you. #WeSeeYou”
CSVANW Continues to Deliver PPEs to Tribal Communities and to CSVANW members

CSVANW Advocate Coordinator met with Cheryl Eaton from Jicarilla in September for PPE, female hygiene products, sanitizer, and Clorox wipes. CSVANW is always happy to support.
Native Youth Summit Goes Virtual
The 9th Annual Native Youth Summit was kicked off this year on September 15th, 17th, 22nd, and 24th. We had 10 Native youth from around New Mexico join us for four evening sessions with the theme of Black and Indigenous Solidarity. We explored methods to build their capacity around using their voice to make positive changes in their communities. We talked about the history of Community Organizing, What Community Organizing looks like in 2020, Know Your Rights, How to be an Ally, and using their voice to write a Demand Letter to Tribal Leaders and other Elected Officials.

We talked about current issues facing Indigenous peoples and encouraged them to find their voice and use it to address important issues in their communities. Some youth were interested in doing work for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and some wanted to make change around Mental Health. We received positive feedback from the youth and their families about their experiences, and many of them were inspired to start doing work in their communities to. On the last day, five young people used their voice to write a letter to Rep. Deb Haaland about MMIW.

Additionally, we encouraged youth to also engage in work that elevates the voices of our Black relatives and what solidarity looks like in these movements. We are proud of the positive impacts that the 9th Annual Native Youth Summit had on these fierce young relatives. We look forward to our next cohort scheduled for November 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th. Registration details are forthcoming!
CSVANW and CSVANW Members Speak with NM Legislative Health Service Providers
On September 24th, CSVANW joined Member organizations Valencia Shelter Services and New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Service Providers, to speak with the New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee about the current state of services to victims of sexual assault. All organizations shared the efforts that sexual assault programs statewide have implemented to insure no survivor is left without services during the pandemic.
Reclaiming Our Community with CSVANW Members
Throughout the month of September, CSVANW focused on the power of reclaiming our communities through encouraging folks to take the 2020 Census. We asked our Members to tell us why the census is important to them. We invite you to check out their responses on our social media.
Raising Awareness to Protect Greater Chaco with All Pueblo Council of Governors 

Also, this month, CSVANW joined All Pueblo Council of Governors to raise awareness around protecting the Greater Chaco Region. We called for an online action to help protect this sacred landscape and the people living on the frontlines of extractive violence. Comment submissions from community were made to ProtectChaco.org.
CSVANW joined Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases for day five of their online webinar series to talk about Consent.
CSVANW and Tribal Membership Prep for 15th Annual Government – to – Government Tribal Consultation
Finally, we closed September in collaboration with our Tribal Membership strategizing preparation for the 15th DOJ OVW Annual Government to Government Consultation. Our membership came together to develop talking points for their Tribal Leaders to take with them to this year's federal consultation.
Photo by and shared by: Stephanie Ortiz, Director of Prevention & Outreach, End Domestic Abuse WI - the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Democrats To Unveil Bill Addressing Government’s Cultural Genocide Of Native Americans - Huffpost
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will introduce legislation Tuesday to make the federal government address the “intergenerational trauma” it has caused for Native Americans with its former Indian boarding school policy, a nearly century-long policy of forcibly removing Indigenous children from tribal lands and putting them into boarding schools to be assimilated into white culture.
CSVANW Praises House for Passing Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act, Moving to President’s Desk to Become Law - CSVANW News Release
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – September 22, 2020 – The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) praises the House for passing and moving Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act to the President’s desk to become law to address missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW).
Monday, September 21, 2020 – Domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic - Native America Calling
Advocates fear the coronavirus pandemic increases the risk for Native American women experiencing domestic violence. Quarantines and stay-at-home orders might make it difficult for women to get away from abusers. There are few studies that provide evidence but a survey by the United Nations reports increased calls to help lines in several cities around the globe since the start of the pandemic. A limited survey of radiologists in the U.S. shows an increase in injuries attributed to domestic violence in 2020 compared to the previous three years. We explore the factors that could contribute to the domestic violence risk and some possible solutions for those experiencing it.
Operation Lady Justice: New federal task force to focus on missing and murdered indigenous women - KOAT
"At the age of 13 I was sexually assaulted," Johnson said. "On top of that I have an aunt that was murdered in Kirtland, New Mexico."

The man who killed her aunt, Betty Lee, in 2000 was eventually convicted and sentenced. But Johnson's family is still waiting for other answers. 
"I have a little cousin who went missing in 2004. She was 16, last seen leaving for school and she's just never been found," she said.
September 2020 DONORS
Jennifer Reetz
Franklin Runge
Katie Harris
Danielle Ronkos
Danielle A Williams
Kristin Macapagal
Arviso Alvord
Sallie Hoefer
Alexis Reddington
Stephanie Serra
Songoli Umeh
Caroline Young
Donna Jo HopeHill
Hailey Mathis
Caroline Sossaman
Brandon Simes
Estefania Galvez
Madison Salt
Gigi Hernandez
Terry Hosaka
Erin Viola
Lisa Pichitino
Rebecca Seatle
Nicole Sharp
Thomas Sadoski
Hannah Bausch
Sarah Schuessler
Richard Koenig
Shawn Jackinsky
Joshua Webb
Jason Camilo
Patricia Nelson
Patrick Hurst
Olivia Barefoot
Mary Templeton
L Jamal Walton
Elizabeth Lovecraft
Mary Parmenter
Gina Campbell
Natalie Malter
Ruturaj Kokate
Sweet McGee
Sharon Tseng
Daniel Felts
Abigail Jones
Stacy Foster
Justin Schneider
Sarah Gilbert
Rachael Warren
Maria Xu
Rachel Castro
Erin Briggs
Marlee Brewer
Amanda Voss
Bethany Prausa
Wes Shifrin
Cheryl Zoeller
Emily Galer
Frances Burtness-Adams
Beth Yahne
Margaret Bullis
Keith and Mary Pryor
Rebekah Ujdur
Rose Logan-Surgeon
Lazarus Letcher
Grace Marlier
Justyn Gourdin
Chloe Johnson
Alea Stephen
Madison Green
Marin Herlinger
Sierra Landrum
Armando Martinez
Tia Tyler
Nia Kalapodis
Katherine Gladhart-Hayes
Liza Purdy
Grace Johnson
Liz Mick
Tracey Grassham
Alexa Evans
Isbah Raja
Cheryl Fedele
Katherine Brandhuber
Ebony Johnson
Mackenzie Morgan
Rebecca Steele
Elizabeth Damsky
Barbara Deppman
Nora Hazlett
Tess Bjorksten
Jenna Gaarde
Courcelle Stark
Patricia Higgins
Karen Herman
Uba Backonja
Emily Stier
Melisa Burgos
Kevin Norman
Koli Kohler
Stella Miller
Christin Licata
Kaitlyn Hatch
Daniel Jolliff
Michelle Steffen
Shante Beets
Alice Gerard
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.
In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) join CSVANW this October for our Annual I Will Run for Her Virtual Run! Our Annual I Will Run for Her honors the resilience, strength and spirit of our Native women and children. In efforts to support the health of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic we are going virtual this year. Participants will have two days (October 25-26) to complete a 5K run, jog or walk in their home community connecting with the land that cares for them. 

Dedicate your run this DVAM to raise awareness about how our communities have been affected by domestic violence. We encourage all participants to share a photo of themselves wearing the CSVANW Virtual Run 2020 T-shirts/holding the selfie board and share who they are running for and why, then tag us on social media along with the hashtags #IWillRunForHer #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. We need you to join the movement.
Please register by October 5 to receive your swag bag before October 25th. Registration will close October 7.
The registration swag bag will include a CSVANW 'Virtual Run 2020' T-shirt, a sticker and selfie board!

In the past registration was free however this year there will be a $5 registration fee for each registrant in the state of New Mexico and a $10 registration fee for folks outside the state of NM, along with a small processing fee to help support our shipping costs.  

We appreciate your support and dedication to bring awareness to the impact domestic violence has on our communities. Together we can make the changes to reclaim safe communities! Thank you for joining us!
9th Annual Native Youth Summit
November 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th, 2020
Virtual - Zoom
The 9th Annual Native Youth Summit is a series of 1 hour workshops over 4 days and is a powerful leadership development experience that connects, challenges, and cultivates a cohort of 10 Native youth ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old from across the state of New Mexico. Our theme for the summit is Black and Indigenous Solidarity and it will focus on self-awareness and land to strengthen our Tribal communities through the following learning opportunities:

  • Encourage Native youth to work towards strengthening their voice; 
  • Building our Native youth knowledge on the basics of violence prevention so they may share with their relatives in their territories; and,
  • Support Native youth in their building of knowledge to eliminate violence against all of our relatives. 

Next cohort scheduled for November 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th. Registration details are forthcoming!
More information coming soon.
The 15th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation will be held onOctober 27 – 30, 2020, through four afternoon sessions conductedonline via Zoom, a platform for video conferencing and online meetings. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency, 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 the consultation in person.

The purpose of the Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics:
  • Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking;
  • Strengthening the federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking; and,
  • Administering funds and programs for tribal governments established by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation. 

The Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) will be sending out consultation framing papers and briefing materials along with OVW’s updated report on the status of 2019 consultation recommendations in September. More information about the consultation will be available soon at: www.ovwconsultation.org
Join us for Part 2 of our New Mexico Webinar Series: New Mexico & COVID 19: Effects on Leaders of Color
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13, 1pm (MST)

In April of 2020, the Building Movement Project put a survey in the field to see how leaders of color were being affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. This survey was followed up by one-on-one interviews with respondents to the survey. Join us for a conversation about the release of BMP's report on the survey data collected from nonprofit leaders of color in New Mexico and across the country.

In this panel discussion on the New Mexico findings and implications, we will hear from nonprofit leaders Johana Bencomo (Executive Director, NM CAFé), Angel Charley (Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women) and Henry Brutus (Executive Director, La Casa, Inc.) who will share their perspectives and experiences as leaders of color in New Mexico and effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. Findings presented by Deepa Ayer (Director of Movement Building, Building Movement Project) and moderated by Alicia Lueras Maldonado (President & CEO of Atlixco Productions, LLC and Consultant for Building Movement Project).
Virtual Tribal Consultations Conclude, Comment Period Extended to October 31
While the Virtual Tribal Consultations have concluded, Operation Lady Justice has extended the time period for written comments following the Consultations. Comments are now due October 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm, Alaska daylight time. Comments can be made in a variety of ways:

  • by email: OperationLadyJustice@usdoj.gov
  • by mail: Operation Lady Justice, c/o Executive Director Marcia Good, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 810 7th Street NW, Room 6336, Washington, DC 20531
  • by fax: 202-514-7805

Please utilize the link below to access the Consultation framing paper on the OLJ website. We look forward to receiving your comments.
2020 Virtual Tribal Consultation
U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Mexico
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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