WINTER 2018 Newsletter
We are blessed. .. with another great year! With changes coming upon us in the new year, we appreciate 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. We look forward to 2019!
We Value Our Coalition
SWIWC's LGBTQ Advisory Council
Our LGBTQ Advisory Council added to their membership. Meet our newest council: (l-r) Lenny Hayes; Renae Grey; Marlon Fixico; Mattee Jim; Honor Fisher; and Elton Naswood (not pictured: Janel Striped Wolf).

We thank our LGBTQ Advisory Council, along with the support of staff Kurt Begaye, for providing informative, hands-on training to tribal communities not only in Arizona but across the United States on LGBTQ/Two-Spirit topics.

Learn more: SWIWCAC
SWIWC's Council of Women and Staff
We are small but mighty! Working together for many years, we have grown, made changes, and continue to make changes. We strive to continue our work in fighting for our indigenous communities.
Along with our work, comes laughter! To another great year!

We love our SWIWC Team!

To learn more about SWIWC visit our website:
SWIWC Happenings
3rd Annual Rural Women's Health Symposium: Women's Health Through the Life Cycle
August 2018 | Sedona, Arizona
Our very own, Leanne Guy and Mary Howe were honored by the Rural Women's Health during their annual Health Symposium in Sedona, AZ. Mary Howe (not pictured), received the Innovative Approach to Rural Women's Health for her strength and determination to help her community and victims of abuse.

Leanne Guy received the Outstanding Achievement in Rural Women's Health for her success in addressing specific DV/SA needs of different tribal cultures through resources and training and giving a voice to the LGBTQ community.

Picture: Awardees: Leanne Guy, Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition; Dr. Renee Ornelas, Tse’Hootsoi Medical Center; and Hallie Bongar White, Southwest Center for Law & Policy. Missing: Mary Howe, Ft. Mohave Domestic Violence Program.  #SWIWC
Kurt Begaye, Director of Training & Technical Assistance, participated on the Health Equity Panel speaking on health equity within Gender and Sexual Minority communities.

Every year the Arizona Rural Women's Health Network hosts this symposium with focus on exploring a wide variety of health issues and factors that can impact women's health and well-being throughout major life stages.

Look for next year's symposium - June 26-27, 2019 | Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona, AZ

Learn more: AZRWHN
2018 Government to Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation : Working Together to End Violence
August 2018 | Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The purpose of the 2018 Government-To-Government Tribal Consultation is to request recommendations on enhancing safety for American Indian and Alaskan Native women, strengthening the Federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual trafficking, and administering funds.

Day one began with remembering our loved ones who we’ve lost, the missing and murdered, our children, men, women, and our elders. We wear red to recognize the Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Prayers and blessing to our tribal leaders and advocates through the year.

Learn more: OVWConsultation
2018 OVC National Training Institute
August 2018 | Orlando, Florida
The OVC National Training Institute emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to sharing promising practices, current research, and effective programs and policies that are victim-centered, practice-based, and research-informed. Kurt Begaye, Director of Training & Technical Assistance, provided information and promising practices with his session "Broadening Our Perspective to Include the Native LGBT2S Community into Victim Services."

Look out for next year's institute: December 2-6, 2019 | Denver, Colorado

Learn more: OVCNTI  
On our free time, SWIWC visited the Hill and also visited with the Navajo Nation Washington DC Office .
Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition Leadership Institute: "Advocacy in Action: Addressing Violence Against Women Through a Tribal Sovereignty Framework"
September 2018 | Washington DC

A time for tribal coalitions to gather, learn, and network. In addition to the institute the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) organized an event focused on Murdered and Missing of Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). A candlelight vigil and remembrance of missing and murdered Native women was held on the deck of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Included were speakers and shawl ceremony with the four colors representing red for murdered and missing, teal for sexual assault, purple for domestic violence and white for the children who suffer with their mother.

We encourage you to bring awareness on May 5th Day of Awareness to remember the importance of keeping our Native women and girls safe.

Tribal Engagement: Meeting with Arizona Tribal Council
September 2018
The importance of knowing who we are working for, the needs, and enhancement of safety of our tribal communities along with providing resources, available funding, local and national information regarding victim safety is imperative in our work. Each year we make several visits to meet with our Tribal Councils and communities. Most recent was with the Tohono O'odham 11 District Council and Ak-Chin Indian Community Council.

Learn more about Ak-Chin and Tohono O'odham
3rd Annual Tribal Governments Program National Summit
September 25-27, 2018 | Denver, Colorado
This year's Summit focused on key issues for Alaska Native and Tribal Nations in addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking; including techniques and strategies to improve victim safety, offender accountability, and effective collaboration between tribal, federal, state governments and/or service providers.

Highlights from the Summit included Tribal Sovereignty and Missing and Murdered in Indian Country, with workshops on criminal justice and advocacy responses, responding to children and youth impacted by domestic and sexual violence, and engaging men in the work to end violence against women and children.

L earn more : MSHOOP
3rd Tri-Lateral Meeting on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls
October, 2018 | Mexico City
Indigenous women and girls in Mexico, Canada, and the United States face alarmingly higher levels of violence than other segments of society, and often lack access to justice and psychosocial support in their communities.

The working group convened its third meeting in October to share prevention and response efforts, and directly hear from indigenous female advocates from all three countries. This year’s meeting in Mexico City continued to address the important issues of access to justice and economic empowerment, and raised new themes, including empowering indigenous youth and girls, as critical mechanisms to combat gender-based violence.
- Nicole Collins and Stephanie Ogorzalek,  Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues , U.S. Department of State-

Learn more: TWG
Walking the Healing Path 2018
"Journey to Honor & Remember Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls"
October 13-20, 2018 | Window Rock, AZ to Shiprock, NM
SWIWC participated in the Walking the Healing Path's 2018 112-mile journey to bring awareness to and honor and remember our Indigenous missing and murdered women and girls. This year the parents of Ashlynne Mike, Gary Mike and Pamela Foster, participated by speaking at Ashlynne's memorial site during a candlelight vigil and Gary Mike walking the 112-mile Journey.

John Tsosie and Ernest Tsosie, founders, bring awareness but also speaks to the community, youth, schools along the way focusing on safety and domestic violence. The walk started from Window Rock Tribal Council Complex to Shiprock, New Mexico.

Learn more WTHP
Sayu'? X Wey Conference: Strengthening Our Resolve to End Violence Against Native Women
October 17-18, 2018 | Airway Heights, Washington
Kurt Begaye, Director of Training & Technical Assistance, presented at our sister coalition WomenSpirit Coalition's annual Sayu' ? X Wey Convening.

The conference addressed key issues regarding the health and safety of Indigenous women who experience violence and how we can keep working to end the cycle. Topics of discussion included Addressing Rape Culture, LGBTQ/2S, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Sex Trafficking, and Domestic Violence.

Learn more: WomenSpirit
SWIWC Webinar Series
The Impact of Sexual Violence on Men and Boys
with Lenny Hayes, MA
October 22, 2018
Often men are the neglected victims of all forms of sexual violence including being abused as a boy. It is frightening to realize how widespread sexual abuse and violence is in our society and yet how strong the denial of it is. The webinar discussed the impact of sexual abuse and violence against heterosexual and gay man as adults and as children. Also discussed were mental health issues as well as defining the issues that prevent individuals from having healthy relationships.

Learn more: LGBTQAC
San Carlos Apache Tribe Domestic Violence Training
October 24, 2018 | Peridot, Arizona
In collaboration with the San Carlos Domestic Violence Program - Tribal Social Services, SWIWC organized a one-day training for advocates, providers, and law enforcement on the San Carlos Apache reservation. Participants received techniques for responding to domestic and sexual violence, trauma informed care, impacts of violence on children, and victim protection & safety. Thank you to our speakers and all who attended.

To request training in your area contact Kurt Begaye
First Nation Women's Alliance Training
November 1-2, 2018
Northern Plains | Minot, North Dakota
SWIWC's LGBTQ Advisory Council provided a two-day training for our sister coalition, First Nation Women's Alliance. Training focused on Broadening Our Perspective to Include the Native LGBTQ+2S Community into Victim Services.

First Nation Women’s Alliance speakers; Renee G rey,  Lenny Hayes , and  Kurt Begaye . The conversations were very personal and educational for all in attendance.

SWIWC's Stakeholders Gathering
November 7, 2018
Fort McDowell, Arizona
In partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, SWIWC held the first of many meetings for Arizona tribal stakeholders focusing on sexual violence prevention. We are thankful for each in attendance as they will become members of our soon to be Native Statewide Sexual Assault Taskforce (NSSAT).

For the upcoming year we plan to host meetings and begin the ground work of the Taskforce.

For more information on our NSSAT contact Tania Harvey
Sexual Violence Prevention Awareness Training
November 20, 2018
Navajo Nation Museum | Window Rock, Arizona
In partnership with Navajo Nation Strengthening Families Program and Arizona Department of Health Services, SWIWC held a Sexual Violence Prevention Training with focus on sexual violence prevention, sexual violence on Navajo Nation, engaging men and boys, and sexual violence among Transgender individuals.

Thank you to our speakers and all who attended.

16th National Indian Nations Conference Justice of Victims of Crime:
"Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward"
December 3-7, 2018
Agau Caliente Reservation, California
This national conference brings together survivors, advocates, service providers and tribal leaders, to share their knowledge, experience and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.

A few highlights to mention is honoring those who have passed due to violence, our women, children, men, elders and LGBTQ community with a shawl ceremony; The Path Forward - Panel of First Native Women. Stacy Leeds, First Native American women to be law School dean; Diane Humetewa, First Native American women as US Federal Court Judge; Abby Abinanti, First Native American women admitted to California Bar; Ponka-We Victors, First Native American women to serve in Kansas legislators; Ruth Buffalo, First Native American women to serve in North Dakota legislator; and Valerie Davidson, First Native American women to ever be appointed to statewide executive office in US History; listening to Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Crotty speak of healing, continuing to survive as Indigenous people, protecting our children, and creating safer communities; lastly, honoring advocates with the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award, deservingly presented to Lenny Hayes, William Thorne, Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell, Elsie Boudreau, and Lori Jump.

This year's conference brought healing, comfort, strong hearts, and resiliency to continue to do our work and continue fighting for our Indigenous people.

For more information OVCINC
Community Collaborations
Pueblo of Jemez Social Services Program Sexual Assault Training
August 2018 | Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Kurt Begaye, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, was invited by Honor Fisher, Victim Services Coordinator, to speak at the Sexual Assault Training hosted by the Pueblo of Jemez Social Services Program. Kurt provided an overview of gender and sexuality from both Native and Western perspectives and discussed ways to be more inclusive in victim service provision.

To request a presentation, contact Kurt Begaye
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
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family
2018 Tribal Consultation
Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC participated in a day long tribal consultation for tribal leaders and tribal service providers. The Governors Youth, Faith and Family office stressed the importance of increasing partnership and collaboration with Arizona tribal governments and tribal service providers on many levels regarding funding, available resources, and training.

Learn more: GOYFF
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
"Native American Survivors and the Criminal Justice System"
Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC presented a webinar for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as part of their lay legal webinar series. Webinar included information on Arizona tribal communities, who we are as Native Americans, barriers to reporting, and working with survivors within the criminal justice system.

Learn more about ACESDV
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Grant (CTAS)
Mesa, Arizona
SWIWC looks forward to working with the Havasupai Tribe and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Domestic Violence Program as their training and technical assistance provider.

If you are seeking assistance for training and technical assistance regarding domestic/sexual violence, teen dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking and/or to assist with grant development and deliverables please contact SWIWC for more information.

Learn more about CTAS New grant solicitation is available . Deadline to apply is February 26, 2019
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family
Arizona Human Trafficking Council
Phoenix, Arizona
SWIWC attended and presented to the council about who we are as a coalition in hopes of being at the table as well as stressing the importance of collaborating with state programs on human trafficking and the Missing and Murdered of Indigenous Women and Girls.

Learn more about GOYFFHTC
Need to Know - Please Share!
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.”

Help find Leticia Esmerelda Macias
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
Declare October 1 as
Tillie Black Bear Women Are Sacred Day
Tillie Black Bear (Sicangu Lakota), Wa Wokiye Win (Woman Who Helps Everyone) gave hope and healing to generations of Native Americans and aspiring allies by participating in the initial organizing of the Violence Against Women Movement on a national level to change laws and policies at the root of these injustices and disparities. She inspired thousands from all walks of life to end domestic and sexual violence. We will celebrate her life with a National Day to honor her life and life’s work. -NIWRC-

Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program: The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native youth through the age of 24 years. 
Deadline: January 4, 2019 | Apply
Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing Wellness Courts: The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide SUD treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.
Deadline: January 4, 2019 | Apply
Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Programs: The purpose of this program is to support culturally specific community-based organizations in addressing the critical needs of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking victims. Awards will support coordinated community responses to hold offenders accountable and serve victims.
Deadline: February 07, 2019 | Apply
2019 OVW Sexual Assault Services Culturally Specific Program: Funds are now available to  create, maintain and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by culturally specific organizations. The funds may be used for a range of activities including: outreach actives for undeserved communities; 24-hour hotline services providing crisis intervention services and referral; and information and referral to assist the sexual assault victim and family.

In 2019, priority will be given to increase the response to victims of sex trafficking or other severe forms of trafficking in persons who have experienced sexual assault.

Deadline: February 13, 2019 | Apply
Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Solicitation: Funding may be used for a range of activities, including: strengthening tribal criminal justice systems in exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction; providing indigent criminal defendants with defense counsel; ensuring that jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with applicable requirements; and according victim rights to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and protection order violations .
Deadline: February 14, 2019 | Apply
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation: This solicitation provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to apply for funding to aid in developing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization. DOJ’s existing Tribal Government–specific programs are included in and available through this single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.
Deadline: February 26, 2019 | Apply
Save The Dates!
New Mexico Office of Attorney General
3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference
January 10, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

Governors Office of Tribal Relations
24th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day
January 16, 2019
Phoenix, Arizona

Red Wind Consulting, Inc
 Contact: RedWind
Lifelong Healing for Children and Youth Exposed to Violence:
Creating a Safe Space to Heal
March 4-6, 2019
Albuquerque, NM
(Pending Approval)
Your Year-End 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 this year alone.

With your help we are eager to meet our $5000 goal from our partners and our supporters.
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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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.