WINTER 2019 Newsletter
SWIWC appreciates your continued support and collaboration with many of our yearly events, trainings, meetings, and most of all the work you provide for the safety of our indigenous communities.

A sincere Thank You for your donations from #GivingTuesday.
Blessings to you and to another prosperous year in 2020!
SWIWC Happenings
ROAR! A Celebration: C elebrating all that it means to be female and GRSM in 2019 through song, dance, and spoken word.
September 2019 | Tempe, Arizona
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Bridge Initiative for selecting the Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition (SWIWC) as their charity partner in support of the services that SWIWC provides. 

The Bridge Initiative mission is: 
Women in Theatre incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists, promoting gender parity across all theatrical disciplines.

And there vision is:
The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre is Arizona’s contribution to the national conversation around equal representation and inclusion.

To this end they:
  • Produce work by female writers
  • Provide paid opportunities and hire female practitioners for positions on and offstage
  • Engage with the media to promote dialogue on issues of gender parity
  • Build bridges between underrepresented groups and majority stakeholders
  • Partner with other theatre companies locally and nationally
  • Host conversations that address women’s issues as well as gender parity in the field
  • Invite undergraduate students to participate as interns
  • Empower emerging and established local female artists to attain leadership positions
  • Remain open to unanticipated projects that will widen our inclusivity and reach

The Bridge Initiative is doing incredible work through theatre and SWIWC was honored to be invited to their  Roar: A Celebration  that celebrated all that it means to be female and non-binary/GRSM in 2019 through song, dance, and spoken word. If you get a chance, check out one of their upcoming events at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

Thank you Bridge Initiative! For more information visit Bridge Initiative
SWIWC's Native American Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force
September 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
4th Annual OVW Tribal Governments Program National Summit
September 2019 | Omaha , NE
The annual Tribal Governments Program Summit is an opportunity to explore key issues and share promising practices in addressing violence against women in Native communities. Focusing on challenges and successes in addressing violence against Native women in our communities. The summit offers training and workshops on methods and strategies to improve victim safety and offender accountability; and highlight effective collaboration between tribal, federal, state governments and/or service providers.

Walking the Healing Path Documentary
October 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
"When the road ahead is long, my feet blistered, my legs sore... I take a deep breath, dig deep and remember for who I am walking for. This journey, my journey doesn't end until every single one of our children feel safe and secure no matter where they might be.

I know this is a huge task but it is a task worth working for and it is a task possible to complete. I know we can accomplish the impossible but the KEY is WE! " -JTsosie-
This film tells a story of how domestic violence and alcoholism impacted the Tsosie family and led to their life's work to END violence in our homes and communities.

Ak-Chin Indian Community Domestic Violence Awareness Event
October 2019 | Maricopa, Arizona
On the evening of October 16th, SWIWC participated in the  3rd Domestic Violence Awareness Walk  organized by the Ak-Chin Indian Community Health and Human Services program. The event consisted of awareness booths, presentations, and a fun walk that included the local fire department participating in "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes". Booths focused on building awareness around issues relating to domestic violence including youth and elder violence. It was great to see the local community coming out to listen to the presentations, visit the booths, and to share in a free meal. 

Thank you Ak-Chin Indian Community for providing a great DV awareness event! 

For more information on AK-CHIN
SWIWC Highlights
Arizona Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family: Lighting Arizona Purple
October 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
Every October, the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family recognizes and coordinates October Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Lighting Arizona Purple kick-off event. The State Capitol dome turns purple at the event, as a symbol of strength and hope in support of domestic violence victims and survivors.

Our very own, Caroline F. Antone, a survivor of domestic and sexual violence, was the keynote speaker at the event. Listen as she tells " HerStory ". A story that is heartfelt, and courageous. We are very honored to have Caroline part of our circle of healers, survivors, and teachers.

Caroline mentioned that sharing Herstory and seeing the many advocates, community, service providers, and youth present at the event rejuvenated her to continue her work. Thank you everyone who supported Caroline. #ENDDVINAZ

Listen: Herstory
Pascua Yaqui Regional Training
October 2019 | Guadalupe, Arizona
SWIWC held a regional training for Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Guadalupe, Arizona. With the assistance of Elvira Osuna, Pascua Yaqui's Victim Advocate, a two day training was provided to service providers.

Training topics included:
  • What is Domestic Violence?
  • Vicitm Centered Advocacy
  • Best Practices for Safety & Accountability

Thank you to those who attended.

SWIWC continues to work with domestic and sexual violence programs in enhancing their responses to domestic and sexual violence in their communities. If you are seeking training or technical assistance (T/TA) on topic areas of domestic and sexual violence, teen dating violence, stalking. LGBTQ, sex trafficking and missing and murdered of indigenous women, please notify SWIWC on how we can provide T/TA in your community.

Contact: Kurt Begay
Havasupai Domestic Violence Program Training
December 2019 | Supai, AZ
SWIWC is a partner in the Havasupai Tribe’s CTAS grant and as part of this provided technical assistance and training in their community at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Canolia Kaska, the tribe’s Victim Advocate assisted in coordinating the event and providing training to service providers and community members.

Training topics included:
  • What is Domestic Violence?
  • In Her Shoes
  • What is Sexual Assault?
  • LGBTQ and Violence
  • Advocacy

Thank you to those who attended.

This was SWIWC’s second trip to the community and is grateful for the opportunity to assist in the development of their Domestic Violence Program as it is new and much needed. It is always a blessing to welcome new tribal domestic and sexual violence programs. 

For technical assistant needs in your area please contact Kurt .
Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence
Tribal Coalitions 2019
There are currently 19 tribal coalitions located across Indian Country and Alaska. Each Tribal Coalition is unique and provides a plethora of services to tribes in their service area. Each coalition was created for their own particular region. This means that some coalitions serve in multiple states or sections of states, some serve in one state, and some serve only one tribe. All of the coalitions are funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. The funding is statutory and specifically set forth in the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. As such, Tribal Coalition grant funding can be used to: a) increase the awareness of the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking, b) enhance the response to violence against Indian women at the tribal, federal, and state levels, c) provide technical assistance to coalition membership and tribal communities to enhance access to services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and d) assist tribes in developing and promoting state, local, and tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to crimes of domestic and sexual violence.

Each coalition works hard to meet the needs of its service area in the best manner possible honoring cultural ways, grass roots efforts, and the experiences of survivors. SWIWC serves the tribes in Arizona with the exception of the Hopi Tribe which is served by its sister coalition, the Hopi-Tewa Women's Coalition to End Abuse.

For more information about Tribal Coalitions visit .
Tribal Engagement
Meeting with Cocopah Tribal Council
 September 2019
Meeting with Quechan Tribal Council
October 2019
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. 

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 Cocopah Tribal Council and Quechan Tribal Council along with program site visits with Cocopah Social Services Department and Quechan Victim Services Program.

Learn more about Cocopah and Quechan
Community Engagement
Tribal Social Services
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
September 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC presented on Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls to ITCA's Tribal Social Service Working Group.

The Tribal Social Service working Group consists of representatives from the 22 Tribal Social Services Departments, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, ASU School of Social Work as well as other interested human services programs. The working group provides tribal and state staff the opportunity to discuss, develop, and present a tribal perspective on social services issues, concerns, and needs.

More info: ITCA
Native Health Domestic Violence Awareness Month Presentation
October, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona
In collaboration with Gabriel Stacey, Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Case Manager for Native Health, SWIWC presented to Native Health staff on Domestic Violence and Violence in Native Communities as part of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Native Health offers domestic violence victim assistance services and offender treatment for men and women along with community education, culturally sensitive advocacy, and referrals. Native Health is a great resource not only for domestic violence but other services as well.

For more information visit: Native Health
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
"Violence in Native Communities"
December 2019 | Chandler, 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
Need to Know - Please Share!
January Stalking and Sex Trafficking Awareness Month

  • In about 20% of stalking cases, weapons were used to threaten or harm a victim.

  • Nearly 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before.

  • 38% of women report being stalked while at college.

Sex Trafficking:

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day 

An Arizona study shows the average age of entry for youth into sex trafficking ranges from 13-15 years old. (Roe-Sepowitz et al., 2013)
Wear Light Blue in honor of victims and survivors.

How is your community providing awareness and prevention during Stalking and Human Trafficking Awareness Month? Do you need help with ideas, contact SWIWC.

For more info: Stalking | Sex Trafficking
February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school student nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year

  • One in five tweens knows a victim of dating violence.

  • More than 40% of Native children experience two or more acts of violence by the age of 18.

How is your community providing awareness and prevention during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Do you need help with ideas, contact SWIWC.

Fore more informaron: Native Love | Love is Respect
April Sexual Assault Awareness Month
1 in 3 Native women will be raped in their lifetime.

Native women suffer rates of sexual violence 2.4 times higher than any other racial minority

71% of Native women that report being raped know their assailants, and 38% report being assault by an intimate partner.

How is your community providing awareness and prevention on Sexual Violence? Do you need help with ideas, contact SWIWC .
May 5th National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls
  • 5,712 the number of known incidents of missing and murdered Native American women in 2016. Source: National Crime Information Center

  • On some reservations, Native American women are murdered at a rate 10 times of the national average. Source US Dept of Justice

How is your community providing awareness and prevention for MMIWG in May? Do you need help with ideas, contact SWIWC.

Look for upcoming events, materials, etc from SWIWC for MMIWG.
Native Health Youth Development Team
2020 Events
The Youth Development team at the Phoenix Indian Center has some very exciting events coming up in the next few weeks and wanted to send you some flyers.

  • Job Readiness training- This program is a fun and interactive training to help prepare youth for the future and the world of work. In this hands on style training, youth will be better equipped to making a positive impact when interviewing for and working in their next big job. In addition, if your youth is interested in applying for the Youth 2 Work Internship program happening in June 2020, they must complete the Job Readiness training. Applications for Youth 2 Work will be available in February of 2020.
  • Youth Leadership day- Join us for an exciting day of high energy fun for the whole family. Native Games. Live Music. Cultural Performances. THE PHOENIX SUNS!! A Day to remember.
  • Family Resource Nights- Join the youth development team once a month for dinner, fun and resources for parents.

PLEASE SHARE AND BRING YOUR FRIEND AND FAMILY. If you have any questions, please call or email me at any time.

For more information contact: Fawn H. Tahbo
Coming January 2020
Coming January 2020, the Tucson Desert Art Museum is proud to present two powerful exhibitions bringing into focus the female Native American Experience. 
The first exhibition,  Art is the Seed opens with a reception January 10th at 7PM, featuring a panel of   two   indigenous female visual artists Marla Allison & Darby Raymond-Overstreet, an anthropologist of southwest material culture, Barbara Mills, and writer-scholar, Reid Gómez.The discussion centers on indigenous female-dominated arts and crafts of the American Southwest and how makers of the past and present have drawn inspiration and power from the creativity of the matriarchs who came before them.
The exhibition will remain on view until May 31st 2020.
The second exhibition,  REDress Project opens January 11th at 1PM. This poignant work spotlights the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis, in ways both aesthetically arresting   and intellectually stimulating. The opening event   features a documentary screening of, "Somebody's Daughter" by the Global Indigenous Council, a poetry reading by Dr. Ofelia Zepeda, and an artist's talk from REDdress project creator, Jaime Black
The exhibition will remain on view until May 31st 2020 . 
For more information contact: Emma Branson | Visit: Tucson Art Museum
Funding Opportunities
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WEBINAR: Enhancing Victim Safety
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
 Contact: TLPI
December 18, 2019

Does your community need assistance with gaps in response to violence against Native women, sustaining shelters and safe homes, or enforcing tribal protection orders? This webinar will provide valuable information pertaining to the Strengthening Tribal Response to Violence against Native Women Initiative’s FREE training and technical assistance. You will learn about the type of training available, who is able to receive training, and the resources currently available.

WEBINAR 2020: Fundamentals in Advocacy for Tribal Communities
January 15, 2020

This webinar will review the foundational key elements of providing advocacy to Native American victim and survivors of various forms of violence. It will explore the culturally specific needs of Native victims, discuss the role of the advocate within a multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary team approach keeping victim safety and offender accountability as the hallmark within the advocacy response.

U.S Department of Justice Accessing Grants to Strengthen Tribal Justice System Capacity Workshops
 Contact: NCJTC
January 14-15, 2020
Phoenix, AZ
No Fee

Join this informative workshop to gather the tools and resources you need to submit a proposal for the CTAS Solicitation. During the workshop, we will walk you through the proposal/application process and review all required forms, allowable costs, key components of a grant proposal, program sustainability, and more .

Strengthening Sovereign Responses to Sex Trafficking in Indian Country
 Contact: MIWSAC
All-Sex Trafficking in Indian Country: Advocacy Curriculum
January 28, 2020
Hosted by: Tribal Law & Policy Institute
Registration is limited to Tribal Advocates and Tribal Coalitions

Conference: January 29-30, 2020
Tucson, AZ

16th Annual American Indian Disability Summit 
Contact: Visit
April 1, 2020
Location: Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd | Phoenix, Arizona

For more info Visit
May 5th National Day of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
 Contact: SWIWC
When: May 5th, 2020
Event information coming soon
5th Annual Rural Women's Health Symposium:
Advancing Health Equity for Women
 Contact: AZRWHN
June 4-5, 2020
Location: Poco Diablo Resort | Sedona, AZ

For more info Lorraine
Women Are Sacred Conference
"Carrying Our Medicine and Strengthening Our Vision to End the Violence"
 Contact: NIWRC
June 23 - 25, 2020
Location: St. Paul, MN

Call for Artwork: December 30, 2019 | More info email

For more info WAS
Your year-end giving makes a huge difference!  SWIWC thanks all those who have contributed to our work and invites others to do the same. It is through your support that we are able to expand our services in tribal communities making an impact that is not otherwise possible. 

Since 2006 SWIWC has provided training, technical assistance, outreach, education, and resources to tribal communities and tribal events representing thousands of individuals.

With your help we are striving to reach a goal of $5,000. 
Can you help us make a difference in providing
safety to our Arizona tribal communities?
Thank you for supporting our work!
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Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for a Peaceful & Safe New Year!

From the Board, Staff, & LGBTQ Advisory Council of the Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition
Governing Board

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Vice President
Hualapai Tribe



Founder & Director

Director of Tribal Engagement

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Director of Finance
LGBTQ Advisory Council 
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate




Rosebud Sioux
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.