The AKNWRC resource book is the first written text written from the perspective of Alaska Natives to explain the violence against our women due to the legal vulnerabilities forced upon Alaska Indigenous Nations. The book provides an Alaska Native view of domestic violence beyond individual acts of violence. It provides the context of why individual violence occurs at the disproportionate rates committed against Alaska Native women and continues generation after generation since contact. The book provides a path forward to support and heal from the violence by understanding how the current crisis of violence grew over time due to systemic…
The Not Invisible Act Commission released its final report and recommendations to the federal government on Nov. 1st. Responses to those recommendations are due within 90 calendar days. You can find the full report below.
“It was an honor to serve on the NIA Commission with so many amazing people. We were tasked with the horrendous and enormous task to identify steps needed to intervene and stop the continuing crisis of Missing and Murdered and Trafficked people. We were honored to hear testimony from so many family members and survivors. We were moved by their courage in telling strangers about their…
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), where we remember the lives of our MMIW sisters who have been devastated or lost and continue to call for action to end the MMIW crisis. Alaska continues to be one of the most dangerous states for violence against Indigenous Women and has the 4th highest MMIP cases nationally. WEMUSTENDTHISCRISIS!
The AKNWRC invites you to wear RED with us TODAY! Please share a photo and use hashtags #MMIW, #MMIWActionNow, #NoMoreStolenSisters, and tag @niwrc and @aknwrc in your posts!
In January AKNWRC hosted a panel discussion on “Calling an Awareness to Action: Examining the Intersection of Stalking and Trafficking, and the Crisis of MMIW facing Alaska Native.” Here you will find the recording and description for the event.
A recent federal Government Accountability Office report confirms the high rates of violence against Indigenous women is a crisis in the United States. Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by stalking, where one out of two Native women have been stalked in their lifetime. Each year, thousands become victims of human trafficking. However, Indigenous women and Native LGBTQ2S relatives are especially at risk of…
The purpose of this webinar is to assist Alaska Tribes in getting prepared for the Annual 2020 VAWA Consultation.
Presenters Debra O’Gara, Paula Julia, Mike Williams
Presented on September 30, 2020
Presentation Slide Deck and Handouts:
Tribal Leader Letter
TConsultation 2020 Approved Final.9.24.2020
Combined Framing Papers
Annual Consultation reports: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/tribal-consultation
OVW’s grant programs are at https://www.justice.gov/ovw/grant-programs
Restoration Magazine– Use this link to access the entire June Restoration Magazine (RM). The other issues included in this RM might be helpful to tribal leaders in preparing for the consultation, particularly the legislative updates (p 47–53). https://bit.ly/2YhS8Oy
U.S. Department of Justice
New! The OVW Fiscal Year 2020 COVID-19/Violence Against Women Assistance to Tribes Solicitation is now available:
Apply by: September 16, 2020
This solicitation allows tribes (and as applicable, tribal designees, tribal organizations, and tribal nonprofit organizations) to submit short, simplified applications for special funding under two OVW grant programs – Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program and the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program. Eligible applicants may apply to both programs covered by this solicitation, regardless of the status of current applications or awards under these programs. Applicants must submit a separate application for each program covered by this solicitation. Funds…
Collecting and having accurate and reliable data available is an essential ingredient for increasing legislative protections, criminal prosecutions and setting up safeguards for Indigenous women, girls and boys. The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) collects and reports on missing persons throughout the United States with the goal of having the data be shared across jurisdictions, Tribal and law enforcement agencies.
Many of Alaska’s domestic violence perpetrators, defendants of gun violence, rapists and other violent crimes go without consequence because our communities lack law enforcement. Due to this women are dying from unnatural causes or disappearing. NamUs and the Alaska Missing Person Clearinghouse collects information about missing persons and the circumstances in hopes that there will be some sort of resolution. Please join us to learn how to help strengthen the data for our missing relatives.
Presenters: B.J. Spamer & Jessica Hager for the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)…
VAWA 2005 requires DOJ, HHS, and DOI to consult with Indian tribes on an annual basis. This interaction on a nation-to-nation basis has allowed tribal governments and the United States to discuss matters that at the broadest level impact the safety of Indian women, and to propose strategies to address these issues. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women.
Tribal Title, Section…
“This report examines the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men, using a large nationally representative sample from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey (NISVS). More specifically, it provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, talking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and interracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. Results should be used to raise awareness and understanding about violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men.”
Applications are now being received by the Family & Youth Services Bureau. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and tribal organizations are formula grants funded through a 10% set aside in the FVPSA appropriation. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents.Funding is available to all…
Indian Law Resource Center, Safe Women Strong Nations
Indian Law Resource Center’s Handbook on the InterAmerican Human Rights System
NIWRC’s Special Collections: International Advocacy to Help End Violence Against Native Women