2019 Newsletter
Here's What We've
Been Up To!

"We are small but mighty!"
SWIWC Happenings
24th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day
January 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day is held every year to celebrate the rich culture and history of Arizona's Tribes and Nations and also to address issues of mutual interest.

The event was well attended by Tribal Leadership, Native Youth, and Legislatures. Workshops including Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls were presented.
Along with a day of networking, SWIWC met with tribal leaders and service providers.

Next year's Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day is on January 15, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ

2019 Sexual Violence Prevention Conference : Moving Our Communities Upstream
January 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
A conference organized by the Arizona Department of Health Services, focused on calling for a collective, upstream action across our communities to reduce sexual violence.

SWIWC facilitated the "Native American/Indigenous Communities Critical Conversations in Sexual Violence Primary Prevention" with focus on strategizing leading ideas in the work to end sexual violence in communities, to promote open, honest and authentic conversations to address issues in culturally specific ways.

Learn more: ADHS

National American Indian Court Judges Association
March, 2019 | Boulder, Colorado
Working with LGBTQ2S in Tribal Courts:
Kurt Begaye, provided a webinar for the National American Indian Court Judges Association. This session explores how tribal courts can work effectively and respectfully with members of the LGBTQ2S community. The webinar provided a basic overview of terminology and discussed some of the challenges that the LGBTQ2S community faces. The webinar also provided practical tips that courts can use when working with the LGBTQ2S community.

L earn more : NAICJA
Mending the Rainbow Training
March 2019 | Guadalupe, Arizona
SWIWC's LGBTQ Advisory Council held the Mending the Rainbow training in Pascua Yaqui, Guadalupe, Arizona.

The training focused on Native LGBT2S community with discussion on the impacts of historical trauma, gender & sexual orientation terminology, Native LGBT2S survivors of victimization, creating a welcoming environment for Native LGBT2S and providing victim-centered service to Native LGBT2S.

This specific training was also presented to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in Window Rock, Arizona in June 2019.

To request this specific training please contact Kurt Begaye

SWIWC Webinar Series: Supporting Children in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence
March 2019 | WEBINAR
“Domestic Violence is hidden in many households and communities. Children are our future and we need to understand how to support them in growing into healthy and safe environments.” - Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya

The two-part webinar discussed the impacts of domestic violence on children and provided practical steps to supporting children after a domestic violence situation has occurred. Part of the discussion included understanding the experiences of children who are witnesses to domestic violence and learning how to seek support, counseling, and/or traditional healing services for children.

Valaura is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe. She is an independent consultant with Honwungsi Consulting Services and employed with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley College by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Webinar: Part 1 Part 2
Havasupai Tribe Domestic Violence Program
April, 2019 | Supai, Arizona
Meet Havasupai's Victim Advocate, Canolia Kaska. SWIWC is a partner in Havasupai's CTAS grant, which implemented their first Domestic Violence Program including their first victim advocate.

SWIWC spent the week in Supai providing training and technical assistance for Canolia, the community, and service providers to not only bring awareness to the program, but also begin direct services to victims in Supai. To have this type of service in Supai is a blessing. SWIWC is honored to continue working with the Havasupai Domestic Violence Program in the coming months.

Learn more: Havasupai Tribe
Navajo Nation Sexual Assault Awareness Month Signing
April 2019 | Navajo Nation
On April 5th, SWIWC witnessed the signing of April Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness Month Proclamation.

Diné (Navajo) Nation's First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer along with programs and advocacy groups joined in proclaiming the month of April as “Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness Month.”

The proclamation, signed at the Office of the President and Vice President, recognizes the devastating impact that sexual assault and sexual harassment has on Diné people and recognizes that the crimes of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment cause undeniable and ongoing harm to Diné families and communities.

Sexual assault and harassment impact far too many of our Native relatives. It’s important that we believe and support one another, especially when a report is made – it’s critical that we respond to these situations to the fullest extent possible with swiftness and cultural sensitivity.

The proclamation also directs divisions, departments, and programs under the Executive Branch to implement sexual harassment training for Navajo Nation employees, to ensure that workers are knowledgeable and aware of what constitutes inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
-Office of the President and Vice President-

Learn more about Proclamation
SWIWC's Native American Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force
April/May, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC's Native American Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force is in motion. Members include advocates working together to address and respond to sexual violence in tribal communities.

The task force continues to set its purpose and infrastructure development. For the upcoming year we plan to host meetings, accomplish set goals and continue the ground work of the Taskforce.

For more information on our NASSATF contact Tania Harvey
2nd Annual Hopi Domestic Violence Conference
April 2019 | Flagstaff, Arizona
Kurt Begaye presented at the 2nd Annual Hopi Domestic Violence Conference.

The conference focused on domestic violence, the history of violence against native women, victim rights, men's re-education program, tribal law and order act, protection orders, DV cultural perspective, first responders, LGBTQ Perspective, drugs & alcohol - the blame game, hearing victim stories, panel discussion and more.

For more information and/or services in Hopi email: LWerito
2019 Joint Meeting of STOP Administrators, State and Territory Coalition Directors, and Tribal Coalition Directors  
April/May 2019 | Albuquerque, New Mexico  
A gathering of STOP Administrators, State and Territory Coalition Directors, and Tribal Coalition Directors was held to discuss the STOP Implementation Plan. Discussion included identifying strategies during the STOP planning process that are inclusive of Tribes especially when creating the implementation plan; developing data, addressing culturally specific communities, and how to conduct outreach to tribal communities.

The gathering event was hosted by the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) in partnership with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO), and in collaboration with the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission.
Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change
To honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and to bring awareness to the issue , on May 5, 2019, SWIWC participated in the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center's "Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide Our Advocacy for Change" Webinar.

The webinar brought attention to the fact that during the period of1979 through 1992, homicide was the third leading cause of death of Indian females aged 15 to 24, and 75 percent were killed by a family member or acquaintances. In 2005, the movement for safety of Native women resulted in the “Safety for Indian Women” being included under the Violence Against Women Act. A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that in some tribal communities, American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average.

Over the last decade awareness of this national issue has increased but more must be done to stop disappearances and save lives. 

The webinar was facilitated by Rose Quilt, J.D., Director of Policy and Research, NIWRC

To listen: WEBINAR
Mending the Rainbow On-Site Training
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe - The Strong People
May 2019 | Port Angeles, Washington  
The Lower Elwha Family Advocacy Program held an on-site Mending the Rainbow Training for their community. Kurt Begaye conducted the two-day training focused on domestic violence/abuse, historical trauma, resources for LGBTQ2S.

Highlighted were LGBTQ2S definitions and usage of proper pronouns when referring to LGBTQ2S. Suggested pronouns: Ze, hir, hirs, they, their, theirs, also suggested was to ask and/or call them by name.

"Remember, being LGBTQ2S is Not a choice. Stay open-minded and respectful" - K. Begaye-

The Lower Elwha Family Advocacy Program Mission: Victim's Safety and Autonomy through Advocacy and Community Awareness. Assistance to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Stalking, and Provide Prevention/Awareness.

Learn more: LEFA
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIW&G)
Awareness Walk
May 2019 | Navajo Nation
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Walk organized by The Navajo Nation Strengthening Family Program walked in four districts, Crownpoint, Tuba City, Chinle and Shiprock.

The awareness walks included, meals, resource fairs, and presentations. SWIWC participated in the Chinle walk with over 30 participants. Some participants included family of missing relatives. Please continue to join in prayers and blessings for families of those missing and pray for their safe return.

Although May is the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG, SWIWC along with many programs continue to focus on MMIWG on a daily basis as it is many times connected directly to sexual and domestic violence.

Resources for MMIWG:
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family
Outreach and Awareness and Victim Services Subcommittee
Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC has been selected to participate in the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family Outreach and Awareness and Victim Service Subcommittees.

The Outreach and Awareness Committee increases awareness about sexual and domestic violence throughout Arizona. The Victim Services Committee develops and/or improves statewide policies for providing trauma informed, victim-centered services in cases of sexual and domestic violence. SWIWC is excited to be a part of the subcommittees and also bring awareness of tribal communities at a statewide level.

The Outreach and Awareness Committee is currently organizing Lighting Arizona Purpl e for October Domestic Violence Month. Learn more LAP

Learn more about GOYFF
4th Annual Rural Women's Health Symposium
June 2019 | Sedona, Arizona
SWIWC attended the 4th Annual Rural Women's Health Symposium, Enhancing Women's Health and Wellness held on June 26 & 27, 2019 in Sedona, AZ at the Poco Diablo Resort. The Symposium included topics on ACEs, HPV, midwives, substance use disorder, cancer screenings in Native American Women with disabilities, oral health, girls' health and trauma. The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion that gave attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts on maternal and child health in rural Arizona.

Four Rural Health Champions were presented with an award at the luncheon including SWIWC Board member, Lorena Halwood for her Innovative Approach to Rural Women's Health for her victim advocacy of over 25 years and her heartfelt commitment to helping her community. Awardees included; Antoinette Means (Arizona Department of Health Services)- Outstanding Achievement in Rural Women's Health, Yara Castro (Mariposa Community Health Center)-Emerging Leader in Rural Women's Health, and Sara Rumann (Arizona Department of Health Services)-Rural Women's Health Practitioner of the Year. Congrats to all!

Learn more about AZRWHN
National Congress of American Indians Task Force Meeting
June 2019 | Nevada
Several tribal coalitions, including SIWWC attended the National Congress of American Indian's Violence Against Women Task Force Meeting. Regional updates were provided about tribal organizing efforts across the country to defend tribal sovereignty and speak the truth about colonization and genocide reflected in  M issing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and violence against women from the Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence, Southwest Indigenous Women’s Cealition, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, and StrongHearts Native Helpline.

 Learn more about NCAI
Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives Forum
June/August 2019 | Navajo Nation
Two Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives (MMDR) Forums were held in Shiprock, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona. The proposed framework for the MMDR Data Institute will be inclusive of the study and research of all criminal and social statistics relating to missing and murdered relatives, violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, suicide, human trafficking, and other similar areas that need attention among our Diné relatives

Kurt Begaye who is a member of the Navajo Nation Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group co-facilitated a session to help guide the development of an action plan for a MMDR Data Institute.

This event is a collaboration between the Navajo Nation Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group, Diné College, Northern Arizona University Center for Health Equity Research, the Navajo Nation Speaker’s Office, and the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice Preside nt.

 Learn more about MMDR
2019 Technology Safety Summit | National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
July 2019 | San Francisco, California
SWIWC staff attended the NNEDV Safety Net's 2019 Technology Summit, July 29- August 1, 2019. State and Territory Coalitions and Tribal Coalition members were invited to attend Coalition Day, held on August 1, 2019.

The summit focused on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking and covered a wide range of technology issues that could be helpful for advocates, law enforcement, and legal professionals who assist survivors. It was a great summit and definitely increased awareness and knowledge around the intersection of technology and domestic and sexual violence for all who attended. 2020 Tech Safety Summit will be in Washington DC.

For more info: TECHSAFETY

OVC and OVW Tribal Consultation
August 2019 | New Buffalo, Michigan
SWIWC participated in the OVC and OVW Tribal Consultation in the beautiful land of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in New Buffalo, MI. The OVC Tribal Consultation focused on potential future tribal set aside funding and how it should be programmed.

The Violence Against Women Act requires the OVW to hold annual consultation with tribal governments on violence against Alaskan Native and American Indian women. The purpose of the consultation is to request for recommendations from tribal government leaders on three topic areas:

  • Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation;
  • Enhancing the safety of Indian women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
  • Strengthening the Federal response to crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Many advocates and tribal leaders provided oral testimony for both tribal consultations. Arizona Tribal Leaders and Advocates were well represented this year. If you are interested in providing written testimony please submit by the following dates:

OVC Tribal Consultation written testimony due: September 16, by 5:00 p.m. ET
OVW Tribal Consultation written testimony due: September 30, by 5:00 pm ET

For more information: OVW
Tribal Engagement
March - August 2019
Meeting with White Mountain Apache Tribe
March 2019 
Fort Apache, Arizona
Meeting with Yavapai-Apache Nation
July 2019
Camp Verde, Arizona
Meeting with Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council
August 2019 Tucson, Arizona
To learn more about each tribal community:
The importance of knowing who we are as sovereign nations and remembering our purpose in serving and meeting the safety, justice, and healing needs of victims and survivors is imperative in our work.

Each year SWIWC conducts visits with Arizona Tribal Leaders and programs to build and sustain relations, promote collaboration, and identify training/technical assistance needs, and to participate in awareness and prevention events. These visits are crucial in helping SWIWC design its training and technical assistance agendas and resources.

Most recent visits were with the White Mountain Apache Tribe's Health Board along with Tribal Council Members, Yavapai Apache Nation Tribal Council, Camp Verde Domestic Violence Program, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council and Pascua Yaqui's Victim Services Program.
Thank you tribal leadership and advocates for your time and efforts!
SWIWC Highlights
Indigenous Journey of
HB2570: Study Committee Missing and
Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls
Arizona Indigenous Peoples Caucus: Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls
February 2019 | Arizona State Capitol
SWIWC's first meeting with Senator Steele in January 2019 focused on the importance of making change within Arizona tribal communities which began our conversations regarding Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls.

SWIWC presented on MMIWG and the spectrum of violence against our women and all our relatives to the Indigenous Peoples Caucus which then lead to many important meetings, gatherings, collaborations, and advocacy with many tribal advocates and legislators. A true blessing and commitment in making change in our tribal communities.

Learn more: AZLEGHB2570  
HB2570: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee Testimony and Legislative Hearings
February - May, 2019 | Arizona State Capitol
For a few months, many grassroots advocates provided personal testimonies, shared photos of missing/murdered, supporting and standing beside State Legislators to pass House Bill 2570: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Study Committee, sponsored by Representative Jennifer Jermaine. The MMIWG House Bill began from former Representative Wenona Benally, Upon the ending of Ms. Benally term, it was given to Representative Jermaine to continue the journey of the bill. In May 2019 HB2570 passed unanimously!
HB2570 Regional Meetings with Arizona Tribal Leaders
July 2019 | Flagstaff, Arizona
SWIWC attended a meeting with House of Representative Jennifer Jermaine, tribal leadership, local domestic violence/sexual service programs and tribal coalitions regarding Arizona House Bill 2570: Study on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's and Girls. In discussion were future collaboration with the state on awareness and prevention, data collection and most importantly collaborating to bring our relatives home.

Continued partnership with the study committee members, tribal coalitions, service providers, victim advocates, law enforcement, state legislators and tribal leaders is key to building strong relationships with the state, data sharing and having access to resources that can support MMIWG within our tribal communities.
HB2570: Missng and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee Formal Signing by Governor Doug Ducey along with Arizona Tribal Leaders
August 2019 | Arizona State Capitol
HB2570: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee Kick Off Event
August 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
Honwungsi Consulting Services and Phoenix Indian Center organized an event to kick off the yearlong study on MMIWG.

SWIWC along with Honwungsi Consulting Services set up booths, personal stories were shared, a remembrance walk around the Circle of Life was conducted along with a moment of silence. Gila River Indian Community Lt. Governor Stone was present and addressed the participants, giving thanks for their continued support and to continue prayers and blessing to all 21 committee members.
HB2570: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee First Meeting
August 2019 | Arizona State Capitol
The study committee for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held their first meeting on August 28, 2019 at the Arizona Capitol. The following are the newly appointed committee members who represent State Agencies, Tribal Nations, and tribal communities:
Senator Sally Ann Gonzales                  
Senator Jamescita Peshlakai           
Senator Frank Pratt                  
Senator Victoria Steele               
Monica Antone                      
Elton Begay                         
Timothy Chavez                    
Paula Flores                       
Blain Gadow                         
Dimitri Whelan Gonzales        
Leanne Guy                         
Patti Hibbeler
Representative Walter Blackman                  Representative Jennifer Jermaine 
Representative Arlando Teller
Representative Myron Tsosie
Jon Huey
April Ignacio
Barbara LaWall
Debbie Manuel 
Kim Russell
Heston Silbert
Alfred Urbina
The next committee meeting is scheduled tentatively for September 25, 2019. All meetings and agendas can be found here: AZLEG
National Day of Awareness for Missing and
Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls
May 5, 2019 | Arizona State Capitol
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls convening
Organized by Phoenix Indian Center
May 4, 2019 | Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Guadalupe, Arizona
Nationwide May 5th is recognized as Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). The day was chosen to honor the memory of Hanna Harris, from the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, who went missing from her community of Montana in 2013. She was found murdered a few days later. May 5th is Hanna's birthday.

In collaboration with Phoenix Indian Center and Honwungsi Consulting Services, SWIWC assisted in events for May 4th and May 5th. Two full days of support, collaboration, remembrance, awareness, and healing for those who attended and with us in spirit. On May 4th, SWIWC presented at Phoenix Indian Centers MMIWG convening in Pascua Yaqui. A full day of workshops were provided regarding MMIWG, domestic and sexual violence, LGBTQ Safe Space, violence against women, HB2570 updates, human trafficking, and women's empowerment.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Day of Awareness: Join Us in Solidarity
May 5, 2019 | Arizona State Capitol

On May 5th, hundreds gathered at the Arizona State Capitol to support Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Day.

It was an herstoric event to see the State Capitol Dome Red: "It is herstoric, it is phenomenal, it's something that has been a long time in coming for us as indigenous women and girls" - L Guy-

Arizona has the third highest number of cases in missing and murdered of indigenous women and girls, the signed HB2570 bill: Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls Study Committee will look further into data, what is happening within our communities and hopefully prompt funding to the work that needs to be done.

Resources for MMIWG:

Learn more and to contact organizers: PIC Honwungsi SWIWC
Young Women Are Sacred Conference
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe | July 29-31, 2019
The 5th annual Young Women Are Sacred Conference took place in Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

A conference envisioned by Caroline F. Antone of Tohono O'odham, to help young girls learn abut their bodies, sexuality, gender, and issues that may impact them such as sexual and teen violence. In collaboration with the Fort Mojave Domestic Violence Program and the Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition, this year was another success.

The conference is for young women ages 13 to 18 and open to any young women across Arizona communities. For more information please contact Caroline F. Antone

Photos and video by: NativeImagesPG
Gathering for Healthy Relations Conference
August 6-8, 2019 | #G4HR2019
The 2019 Gathering for Healthy Relations Conference (#G4HR2019) took place at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel in beautiful Gila River Indian Community on August 6-8, 2019.

The primary goal of SWIWC's statewide conference is to bring together service providers to network, share information and resources, and to create the opportunity to increase skills, knowledge and abilities around safety, healing and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 

This year was another great and awesome conference and we at SIWWC are thankful for the opportunity to provide participants with dynamic workshops and speakers. Topics included: historical trauma, violence within the Transgender community, domestic violence & media literacy, Navajo Nation Human Trafficking White Paper, self-care, tribal jurisdiction, imprisonment of native women and their families, abuse of persons with disabilities, LGBTQ safe zone, cyberbullying, sex trafficking, sexual assault forensic medical exams process, building a multidisciplinary task force and strengthening communities against sexual assault through culturally specific approaches.

Abigail EchoHawk provided a compelling keynote plenary focusing on violence in our communities and our inherent connection to our culture and land, "the land is where we find healing, and it is through our connections to our land and which our connections to each other our built" .

SWIWC was honored to have present the Arizona Legislative Indigenous Peoples Caucus: Representative Jennifer Jermaine and Arlando S. Teller; tribal leaders: Amber K Crotty, Navajo Nation Council Delegate, Monica Antone, Gila River Indian Community Council Member, Gila River Governor Stephen R. Lewis and Lt. Governor Robert Stone.

The Eleanor E. Roehrig Advocacy Award was presented to Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya for her tenacious and diligent advocacy work on sexual violence across Arizona, and to Carletta Skenandore for her outstanding commitment to helping victims and survivors of domestic violence. Also recognition awards were presented to Monica Antone for the tremendous and continuous leadership in addressing violence against women and missing and murdered of indigenous women and Tania Harvey for her tireless advocacy throughout the years in helping others as a victim advocate and now as Director of Tribal Engagement.

Special thanks to all those who attended as volunteers, exhibitors, participants, and speakers. We welcome everyone to our next statewide conference in 2021!
Community Collaborations
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Family Advocacy
March 2019 | Scottsdale, Arizona
Tania Harvey, Director of Tribal Engagement, was invited by Durina Keyonnie, Family Advocacy Center's Trauma Therapist, to speak on violence in tribal communities. Also discussed were available resources for native survivors, how can we help as providers, discussing challenges and barriers within tribal communities, prevention/awareness, funding opportunities, training and healing.

For more info on Family Advocacy Center
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
"Violence in Native Communities"
Phoenix, Arizona
Tania Harvey, Director of Tribal Engagement, presented "Violence in Native Communities" for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) - Sharing Our Experience 40-hour Training along with presenting to Arizona State University's Social Work Program. This is an ongoing collaborative partnership with the importance of providing information about our Arizona Native communities to non-Native programs and providers.

Learn more about ACESDV
Arizona Department of Health Services
Women's Health Week Celebration: It's Your Time
Phoenix, Arizona
In celebration of National Women's Health Week, SWIWC participated in Arizona Women's Health Day at the Arizona State Capitol. Health screening, massages, over 30 vendors and two workshop were provided. Workshops included: "Laugher, Humor, & Play to Reduce Stress & Solve Problems and "Loving...YOU! The Art of Self-Acceptance"

Learn more: ADHS
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
"Serving Native Survivors of Sexual Assault"
Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC presented for the ACESDV's Sexual Assault Core Advocacy Training regarding best practices in servicing Native survivors of sexual assault. It is imperative to know the differences in culture, traditions, and values to best care and serve Native survivors.

Learn more about ACESDV
15th Annual American Indian Disability Summit: Gathering Native Voices to Advocate for Native Americans with Disabilities
March 2019 | Tempe, Arizona
SWIWC attended the 15th Annual American Indian Disability Summit. The summit provides interaction, networking, education and support for American Indians with disabilities and their families.

T heir Mission: Our mission is to provide interaction, networking, education and support for American Indians with disabilities and their families, and bridging opportunities and resources in rural and urban tribal communities.

Learn more: Summit
Survivor Trauma Informed Care Human Trafficking Training: Moving Beyond the HT101
June 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC attended the Survivor Trauma Informed Care (STIC) Human Trafficking Conference : Moving Beyond the HT 101 organized by Angels Go To Work.

The conference brings together survivor leaders in Arizona and from surrounding states in presenting their own life experiences of sex trafficking. It is imperative to all work in a collaborate nature to create a safe survivor trauma informed care environment to help victims build their own path to recovery. The confernce also include a presentation by Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, addressing Sex Trafficking in Native Communities.

Learn more about AGTW
Need to Know - Please Share!
September is National Suicide Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Awareness Month!

There are several opportunities for you and the community to enhance your skills on suicide prevention. Please join NATIVE HEALTH in either a training or a lunch presentation. All are free and open to the public.

safeTALK (4 hour Suicide Prevention Training):
  • September 5, 2019 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Native Health Central
  • September 24. 2019 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Native Health Mesa

Mental Health First Aid: ( 8 hour training – must complete full for certification)
  • September 18, 2019 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Native Health Central

Lunch Presentations: (Lunch will be provided)
  • Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative 101: September 10, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Native Health Central
  • Domestic Violence & Suicide Prevention 101: September 12, 2019 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Native Health Central

Native Health Awareness Walk:
  • September 28, 2019 – Registration at 8:00 am and Walk will begin at 9:00 am. Pioneer Park, Mesa, Arizona

If you are interested in registering in any of the trainings or have any questions please contact Kayla Rae Wakeland
October Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

How is your community sharing awareness on Domestic Violence?

If you have events/activities to share please send to SWIWC and we'll be happy to include on our website and/or send to our listserv.

If you are seeking assistance with your events/activities please contact SWIWC .
Seattle Indian Health Board's Urban Health Institute
Study of missing and murdered Indigenous women's highlights weak reporting. It mentions New Mexico and Arizona as the top three states with highest number of MMIWG cases.

“That’s a database and a system being complicit in the erasure and the genocide of Native people. If there is no data on us, we don’t exist,” said Abigail Echohawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. “No matter where (Native women are), whether in the data or in the media, they completely disappear.”

Tribal Resource Mapping Tool
The Tribal Resource Tool needs your assistance! If your organization provides services to help American Indian and Alaska Native survivors recover from crime and abuse, submit your information to the Tribal Resource Tool by visiting their website  www.tribalresourcetool.org.
Take the 2019 #NativeLoveIs Youth Challenge
What is the NativeLove Challenge? The NativeLove Challenge is a video and photo contest for Native youth ages 8 to 22. The one winner will receive an EXPENSE-PAID TRIP for them and their chaperone! See the website for a list of trips the winner will choose from. The contest ends September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced between Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2019). - NIWRC-

Please share with your youth!

25 Years of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
Honoring Our Native Women Survivors
September 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

On September 11, at 12:00pm EST at the House Triangle at the United States Capitol. Representative Deb Haaland will speak at this significant event. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to demonstrate solidarity with survivors and honor missing and murdered indigenous women. This event will coincide with Tribal Unity Impact Days, September 10-11 on Capitol Hill. As part of the event, the National Congress of American Indians and National Indian Gaming Association will also be hosting a VAWA 25th Anniversary reception on September 10 from 6-7:30 at NIGA's offices, 224 2nd Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Across the nation, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) are inviting all tribal coalitions, community organizations, and Tribal Nations to plan or host your own events in your community that very same week, sometime between September 9-13, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of VAWA.
Funding Opportunities
Grants to Combat Substance Abuse and Misuse: Phoenix - Governor Doug Ducey announced today that his Office of Youth Faith and Family has launched grant opportunities that will direct more than $2 million toward local initiatives that work to combat substance abuse. The funding will be provided through the Arizona State Opioid Response Grant Program and the Arizona Partnership for Success Grant through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration. Grant Applications are being accepted now.
Arizona State Opioid Response Grant  
(Deadline September 18, 2019, 5:00pm MT)
More than $1.2 million in grant funding will be awarded through the Arizona State Opioid Response Program to initiatives through the state that support full implementation of the Arizona Rx Drug Toolkit in their communities. The Arizona Rx Drug toolkit is designed to to guide communities to take actions that lead to outcomes in the fight against drug misuse and abuse.  
OVW Fiscal Year 2019 Alaska Full Faith and Credit Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Call for Concept Papers:

 In FY 2019, funds under the Alaska Full Faith and Credit Training and Technical Assistance Initiative (the Alaska Full Faith and Credit Initiative) must be used to improve the enforcement of tribal protection orders in Alaska. Applications should propose the following activities:

1. Training and technical assistance for state and local law enforcement, prosecutors and other government attorneys, and court personnel on enforcement of tribal protection orders.
2. Training and technical assistance for tribal courts and communities on issuance and enforcement of protection orders.

Deadline: October 2, 2019 | Solicitation
DOJ Announces Fifth Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases:

 TAP provides federally recognized tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes and provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process finger and palm prints. 

For FY20, the department offers TAP services through one of the following two methods:
  • TAP-LIGHT: The department provides software that provides full access (both query and entry capabilities) to national crime information databases such as National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Interstate Identification Index (III) and the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets) for both criminal and civil purposes; and
  • TAP-FULL: The department provides the same basic capabilities as TAP-LIGHT listed above, and also provides an additional hardware/software solution in the form of a kiosk-workstation that provides the ability to submit and query fingerprint-based transactions via FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) for both criminal and civil purposes.

Given the funding sources, eligible tribes must have and agree to use TAP for:
  • A sex offender registry authorized by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act;
  • A law enforcement agency that has arrest powers; or
  • Any use that provides services to victims of crime, such as a Tribal Court which issues orders of protection

DOJ will accept applications from September 1 through October 31, 2019
For more information and to apply TAP
Save The Dates!
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking 
Contact: NCJFCJ
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
September 9-11, 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona

For ONLY state and tribal court judges and judicial officer (commissioners, magistrates, referees, etc) are eligible to attend the program.

ROAR! A Celebration
Contact: ROAR! A Celebration | A portion of proceeds to be donated to SWIWC .
September 14, 2019
Tempe Center for the Arts | Tempe, Arizona

Powerful women from Helen Reddy to Katy Perry have roared! The Bridge Initiative: Women+ in Theatre brings you this original revue celebrating all that it means to be female and GRSM in 2019 through song, dance, and spoken word, featuring top talent from the Valley (and beyond...). Come roar with us!

Production Director: Daniela Crispo

The Bridge Initiativ e : Women+ in Theatre brings you this original revue celebrating all that it means to be female and non-binary in 2019 through song, dance, and spoken word, featuring top creative talent from the Valley (and beyond). Come roar with us! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to   Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition .

Saturday, September 14th @ 7:30pm  Tempe Center for the Arts


$25 VIP seats; $18 general admission; $12 student/senior

**box office fees per ticket: $1 in person / by phone 480-350-2TCA (2822); $3 online**

6th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine
Contact: Native Health
September 21, 2019
Madison Center for the Arts | Phoenix, Arizona

Enjoy a night out with Native Health on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm.m Proceeds go tot help fund the Native Health Emergency Assistance Program - Providing fancily assistance for families living on rural reservations experience a medical emergency that requires medical treatment received in a Phoenix Metropolitan hospital.

Please also visit Native Health for weekly events occurring at their locations.

4th Annual Tribal Governments Program National Summit
Contact: MSH-TA
September 25 -27, 2019
Omaha, Nebraska

Law Enforcement Workshop | September 24, 2019

OVW funds can support 3-4 individuals to attend including TSASP, Tribal Jurisdiction, Tribal SAUSA Fellowship and Tribal Coalitions Grantees.

2nd Annual Tribal Consultation
Contact: GOYFF
September 27, 219
Phoenix, Arizona

Who Should Attend:
Tribal Leaders, Program Administrators, Grant Writers, Non-Profits, Tribal School Districts

Topics To Be Discussed:
Agency Overview
Available Resources
Trainings & Webinars
Funding Opportunities

Lighting Arizona Purple
Contact: LAZP
October 2019
Statewide Arizona
For more information: LAZP
Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country
Contact: MIWSAC
January 29-30, 2020
Tucson, Arizona
Giving could make a difference.

SWIWC thanks you for your support this year. With your support, it has made an impact on the services we provide to our tribal communities.

As the numbers show we have presented, trained and provided resources to over thousands of individuals.

With your help we are eager to meet our $5000 goal from our partners and our supporters.
Can you help us make a difference
to our Arizona tribal communities?
Thank you for supporting our work!
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Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

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Director of Tribal Engagement

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

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Membership is for those who wish to support and participate in the movement to end domestic and
sexual violence against women and children and/or who provide services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual violence in Arizona's tribal communities.