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A letter from Executive Director, Dawn Stover:
With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions, and I love making resolutions. I love contemplating what I can incorporate into my life this year to make me happier and healthier. I even enjoy making lists, mind-maps, charts, graphs, and journals to track my progress. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well it is, and it has been.

But if I am being completely honest, after all these plans, I do what approximately 92% of other people who make resolutions do; I fail to keep them. 

Some of you may have made the usual resolutions for 2019, like saving money, losing weight, reading more, and eating healthier. While these are all admirable goals, I believe you really only need one resolution to produce the same results. And this resolution is one that you (and I) will be able to see all the way to December 31, 2019:

Learn to love yourself

As helpers we are often good at actionable ways to show love to others such as helping them, believing them, or listening to them. However, when it comes to showing self-love, we have a tendency to be critical and judgmental. By putting self-love into action, you have no choice but to be healthier and happier. Self-love allows us to be better in our relationships with our home and work families, and in our communities.

So start by making yourself a priority. Acknowledge your gifts, strengths and all that is good about you. Speak in loving kindness to yourself – “I am a perfect creation. I believe in myself. I am worthy. I am valuable. I am good enough."

Wishing you a wonderful 2019!
-Dawn Stover
News for Natives :
Wyandotte Nation Family Services Program
Saturday, January 12

Please join the Wyandotte Nation Family Violence Prevention Staff for a discussion on how you can make a difference in the life of victims.

Wyandotte Nation artist Kim Garcia will instruct participants in the art of bead work and design of prayer bags. Each participant will be encouraged to create two bags, one to keep for themselves and one to either share with a victim/survivor or donate to the Prevention Program to be used for future clients. 

Lunch will be provided.

For additional information contact Dana Butterfield at 918-678-6319 or Lisa Arnold at 918-678-6324
Otoe-Missouria Family Violence Prevention and Services
Wellness Gatherings
Helping Survivors Seek Peace Through Culture and Tradition
Tuesday, January 15
5:30pm - 7:30pm

10 survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault/stalking/ or teen dating violence will have the chance to heal through the creation of traditional ribbon skirts. 

You must register to attend by calling Kayla Burgess at 580-723-4466 ext 182 or Dawn Rowe at 580-723-4466 ext 181
Kaw Nation Family Trauma Healing Center
Daubing Against Human Trafficking
Wednesday, January 16

This fun yet informative event will have free t-shirts, bingo sheets/daubers, and a presentation on human trafficking in Oklahoma.
Delaware Tribe Family and Children Services
Strangulation Response Training
Friday, January 18

This training will provide information on how strangulation impacts survivors of domestic violence and how you can help support them in finding justice and healing.

Please RSVP to Rebecca Thompson at:
rthompson@delawaretribe.org or by calling 918-331-7349
Citizen Potawatomi Nation House of Hope
VDAY Until the Violence Stops
Thursday, February 7

In order to promote awareness of the violence against women and girls that occurs worldwide and spur action to end the violence, the CPN House of Hope will be hosting a free screening of the documentary, “VDay Until the Violence Stops”. They will follow the screening with a discussion and Q&A with advocates and provide attendees with free popcorn and several giveaways.

A RSVP is not required, but any questions may be directed to darian.towner@potawatomi.org or 405-878-4673
Muskogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program
New Hire

The MCNFVPP would like to introduce Krista Dunzy as their Receptionist. Join us in welcoming her to the family of tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs here in Oklahoma. "We are very excited to have her as part of our team!"-MCNFVPP
Today the NAAV is wearing all blue in honor of #WearBlueDay. We support and stand in solidarity with all victims of human trafficking.
Ongoing Events
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Social Services: 11AM-1 PM Every Wednesday Survivors of Homicide Wellbriety Support Group- This wellness group is centered on the Talking Circle and traditional Native practices with the purpose of assisting those who have lost loved ones to homicide. The teachings are evidence based practices from the White Bison curriculum. If you are dealing with grief, unspoken heartache or pain, and would like to have a safe place to heal, please consider attending this gathering. Questions? Contact Warrior Woman Society 580-699-6556 or warriorwomansociety@yahoo.com or Penny Hammonds at 405-247-8630.
Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention: The Healing Circle is held every Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the OVW offices in Pawhuska and are facilitated by the OVW Traditional Healing Coordinator, Arleata Snell. Family members of a sexual assault survivor can receive support too. Call Snell at 918-287-5422 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Click here for more information.
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma Sexual Assault Services: 1 & 3 Wednesday of the month at 6PM| This Talking Circle is open to those who are survivors of Sexual Assault. Come meet, learn, and share with others. Join the Facebook group by clicking here.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-IW- AX-0009 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.