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March 2019
March is National Women's History Month
We love strong women at the NAAV! Do you know any Native women that are making history? We challenge you to post on social media this month about a history making Native woman from your tribe. Tag us in your post (@oknaav)
House Bill 2091
House Bill 2091: Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

The Native Alliance Against Violence has worked tirelessly to make sure that Native voices are heard when it comes to Oklahoma's laws about domestic and sexual violence.

Since the incorporation of the NAAV in 2009, the NAAV leadership has continually been requesting representation on the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, but we have not been able to gain the support we needed.

House Bill 2091 will make changes to the state statute that governs the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board to add tribal representatives, specifically “two individuals, at least one of whom shall be an American Indian survivor of domestic violence, selected from a list of three names submitted by the Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault.”

In May 2018, the Executive Board of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes unanimously passed a resolution calling for immediate passage of HB 3076 which was identical to HB 2091. The Executive Board consists of the Chiefs/leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations.

The Nation Council of the Muscogee (Creek ) Nation also unanimously passed a resolution in support of the immediate passage of HB 3076 which was identical to HB 2091.

You can click on the button below to see the progress of the bill this year.
The NAAV invites you to join us on Thursday, April 18th in Okmulgee to attend our 5th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country. This is our annual event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The keynote speaker will be Olga Trujillo.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
7 Clans Paradise Casino
7500 U.S. 177 Red Rock, OK, 74651

Hosted by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe Victim Service Program

We will be addressing the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls throughout Oklahoma. This outreach event will have some of Oklahoma's tribal domestic violence and sexual assault program displays, steps to increase safety for Native women, and will honor the memory of Oklahoma's MMIW&G.
News for Natives:
Kaw Nation
Family Trauma Healing Center
Fridays at Kaw Nation Family Trauma Healing Center
Febraury 1 through March 22nd
1:30 pm - 3pm

Visit one or all of these informative Talking Circle events. This program will cover a new topic each session and will run Friday February 1 through March 22nd. Click the photo to see an enlarged image of topics. If you have any questions, please call 580-362-1098.
Kaw Nation
Family Trauma Healing Center
Talking Circle- Gaslighting
March 14
6pm - 8pm

This program will go over the dynamics of gaslighting in relationships.
Kaw Nation
Family Trauma Healing Center
DV 101
March 26
1pm - 5pm

Domestic Violence 101 is a training that will discuss subjects ranging from:

• the role of the advocate
• crisis calls & response
• confidentiality
• lethality assessment and safety planning
• vicarious & secondary trauma
Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma
Domestic Family Violence Program
Ribbon Skirt Class
Saturday, March 30
10am - 3pm

The Kiowa Tribe Domestic Family Violence program is hosting a ribbon skirt class alongside the MMIW Indian Capital organization. There is a $5 fee and the class is limited to 20 people. If you have questions or would like to register, please call Kay Mopope at 580-919-9424.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma
Domestic Violence Program
DV 101
April 1,11,20, & 24

Save the date for these informative events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Gamma Delta Pi Inc.: University of Oklahoma
15th Annual Native Hoops: Men's & Women's Open Tournament
April 6-7

GDP of OU is hosting a basketball tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NAAV.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Family Violence Prevention
Kick Up Your Heels
April 13
9:30 am

This is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about sexual violence. By walking in 'her heels', men will take a stand against sexual violence. To register, call 580-380-9193.
MMIW Honor Powwow
April 14
11am - 10pm

This powwow will be honoring the missing and murdered in Oklahoma.
Tribal DVSA Program Spotlight
The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Domestic Violence Program

Mission/Description: To empower both Native and Non-Native families in breaking the cycle of violence through helping families understand the different types of abuse, finding safe housing, and obtaining healthy relationships that do not involve manipulation or control of another person.

The program serves Native American and Non-Native families by providing advocacy in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence.

Program Services: 24-Hour staffing / hotline • Crisis Intervention • Victim Advocacy • Shelter Services • Shelter Placement Assistance • Housing and Utility Assistance • Individual Counseling/Therapy • Court Advocacy • Community Outreach

Counties Served: Seminole

Mekusukey Mission
Seminole, OK 74868
Phone: (405) 382-3762
Self-care means doing something good for yourself. It's a way to help you feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and calm. We just wanted to share with you some easy ways that you could practice self-care for yourself. Just keep in mind that everyone deals with stress differently, and everyone has different ways to relax. The main goal is to do what makes your mind, body, and soul happy!

One easy and artistic self-care activity is rock painting. The act of using your hands to create something visually pleasing can be very relaxing.

Here are some phrases to help you get started:
-Safety & Justice for Tribal Women
-No More #MMIW
-Believe in Yourself
-Indigenous & Strong
Now go out and find a rock and paint it! You can leave the rock in your garden, use it to decorate your home or office, or keep it in your pocket or purse to hold on to when you are feeling overwhelmed.
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:
Domestic Violence Support Group | Skiatook, OK | Each Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Located at the Skiatook Police Department

Domestic Violence Support Group | Pawhuska, OK | Each Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Each Thursday from 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Healing Circle- Sexual Assault Support Group | Pawhuska, OK | Each Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Located at 126 E. 6th Street

AA Meeting- For Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention clients only| Pawhuska, OK | Each Sunday at 5:00 | Located at 126 E. 6th Street
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.