In honor of my birthday, I'd love if you celebrate with me by putting some effort towards rehabilitation efforts for my Native peoples. With the climate in American right now, I think we're all obligated to find our way towards helping those less fortunate then we are and that, for me, most importantly is people of color being mistreated, abused and murdered.
Each gift made to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center strengthens our mission to end violence against Native women and vision of restoring sovereignty for tribes to hold perpetrators accountable. We are committed to providing national leadership in this work by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates in tribal communities.
NIWRC provides training and technical assistance, educational resources, and policy development—all of which are rooted in traditional lifeways and beliefs—for tribes and advocates across Indian Country.
ABOUT THEIR WORK:
Native women suffer from violence at a rate 2.5 times greater than any other population in the United States.
One in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and four in five Native women will be victims of a violent assault. It is startling that non-Native offenders commit an estimated 88 percent of these crimes.
Safety for a Native woman depends in large part on whether the government in her geographic area has the authority and resources to effectively police, prosecute, punish crimes, and establish strong laws criminalizing violence against women. In most non-Indian communities, the county or city government has authority to investigate and prosecute both misdemeanor and felony crimes against women. In Indian Country, however, federal legislation, case law, and policies have left Native nations with far less legal authority and resources to protect their citizens than any other local government. This effectively denies Native women access to justice and culturally appropriate services, and subsequently prevents them from living free from violence.
NIWRC is dedicated to reclaiming the sovereignty of tribal communities and safeguarding Native women and their children. Through training and technical assistance, educational resources, and policy development, we provide national leadership to show that offenders can and will be held accountable and that Native women and their children are entitled to: 1) safety from violence within their homes and in their community; 2) justice both on and off tribal lands; and 3) access to culturally-appropriate services based on their tribal beliefs and practices.