Nov. 29-30, 2017 Training - Navigating the Myriad of Challenges

Friday, November 17, 2017

Please join us for this upcoming training and round table discussion:

 

Navigating the Myriad of Challenges 

to end Sexual Violence/Sex Trafficking:

Building Effective Coordinated Community Response 

 

Nov. 29 - 30, 2017

Grand River Casino/Banquet Room

 

This is a learning opportunity for advocates, counseling programs, casino staff, law enforcement, and concerned members of the community.  Agenda Here.

Click here to Register.

For questions or more information please call Carla Rae Marshall, Native Co-Director at 605.945.0869 ext. 1.


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Pathfinder Center-Protecting and Finding Purpose forVictims of Human Trafficking.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Pathfinder Center: Protecting and Finding Purpose for Victims of Human Trafficking.
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We're Hiring.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Position opening for the ADMINISTRATIVE CO-DIRECTOR
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StrongHearts Native Help Line

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Speak with a StrongHearts advocate at no cost by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST when you are ready to reach out. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence.

View the site  here StrongHearts Native Helpline

Looking Back at the First Annual Circle of Advocacy for Victims Conference

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

About 50 people came together in Rapid City on October 6, 7, and 8, 2016 to improve their advocacy skills.  

We were honored to have Tanaya Winder and the Sing Our Rivers Red earring display with us on the first day of the conference.  Learn more about the Sing Our Rivers Red project, which focuses on missing and murdered Indigenous women, here.

 

Next up was storytelling.

Amanda War Bonnett presented on internet safety for survivors and advocates.

On Friday Arlanna Bettelyoun and Norma Rendon presented on interactive interviewing.  We then adjourned to the Civic Center to hear Bonnie Clairmont speak on sex trafficking, which was sponsored by Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc., The Native Women's Society of the Great Plains as well as the SDCEDSV.

On Saturday we enjoyed a Domestic Violence Awareness walk.

Marlin Mousseau spoke on forming men's groups.

The conference closed with the HeSapa Wacipi grand entrance, with the Silent Witnesses, at the Civic Center in Rapid City.


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Taking a Stand

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
 

RAPE PLUNDER AND PILLAGE!

This term follows the 1400’s onslaught of murder, rape and dehumanization of the Indigenous women and People of the “Americas”.  Times have not changed since the 1600’s here in the Tetons or among any other Nation of Indigenous relatives anywhere on the soil of America.  America was supposedly built upon the concept of freedom for all, erroneously, to be free from religious persecution, free of government repression and oppression experienced in their homelands.   This was attained for the People from other countries after the murder and dehumanization of millions of the indigenous Nations with many of the Tribes being totally obliterated.

The rape of our land is not the only rape occurring.  There are many sex traffickers of young women, men and even elders accompanying this trafficking atrocity inflicted upon the Indigenous Communities of this land.  The oil moguls and the government that allows them to destroy our Nation for the sake of greed are the true transgressors of society.  There is no stronger form of repression as the white privilege given by society to many.  Throughout history Europeans have dehumanized the Indigenous women in efforts to make slaves out of them, through sex, exploitation, and cheap or no pay at all for services rendered.  These oil field workers exploit their white male privilege with such severity that they don’t even care if they are being video-taped in their acts of sexual exploitation and solicitation. 

Attached is a video of a white male oil worker in Iowa soliciting the daughter of Marisa Miakonda Cummings.  The perpetrator slowly travels along a long line of women protesting the pipeline that will eventually make it through their State of Iowa if it can’t be stopped at the North Dakota access. The women at the beginning of the line were not women of color, and as he drove toward the end of the line he saw these two beautiful Indigenous Women.   He then spews out the degrading and dehumanizing question, “How much for that little girl?” Fully knowledgeable of the fact that he was being taped was of no consequence to him because he possesses white male privilege and his employment (empowerment) rights given as a part of the industry that leads the Nation of Corporate America.  He knows nothing will happen to him.  The mother of the victim was immediately disheartened and could not believe what she heard, had this not been taped she would not be able to believe that any human being could act out in such an atrocious manner.  Her daughter is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Health Administration.  The mother knew her daughter had been targeted because they were the only women of color in the walk.

The culmination of the event is even more disturbing, as the women contacted law enforcement to press charges, they are declined to file a complaint.  The responding official refused to take a statement because he had contacted the Prosecutor and was told they would refuse to prosecute even though they had such substantiated evidence of solicitation of a woman.  This is clear testimony of the blatant travesty of justice in America.

Our Native women and children have been under attack since the colonization of America.  During the Indian Wars the slogan of all military men was, “kill and scalp all, big and little” and “nits make lice”.  The dehumanization of people in times of war is predominant and according to the US government the war against the indigenous people of this land is a continued declaration, specifically toward our women and children.  This is evident in the high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The Boarding School era when the United States government “knew” they had the right to take children away from their parents at the age of 3 and 4 to be raised in a concentration camp with a number attached to them, not a name.  In 1886 the Commissioner of Indian Affairs writes: “It is admitted b most people that the adult savage is not susceptible to the influence of “civilization” and we must therefore turn his children, that they might be taught to abandon the pathway of barbarism and walk with a sure step along the pleasant highway to Christian civilization… They must be withdrawn, in tender years, entirely from camp and taught to eat, to sleep, to dress, to play to work, to think, after the manner of the white man.”

So some may be thinking to themselves that was so long ago.  All the way up to 1977 they were sterilizing Native women without their consent or knowledge in efforts to wipe out the undesirables. There are women my age and younger that do not have children due to this sterilization process.  When you look at the rates of sexual assault, sex trafficking and domestic violence of the Indigenous Women of this country they are far higher than any other nationality of women in the US. There is a war against women of color in this country.

The Standing Rock area is a multi-component site, there is layer after layer of events that have happened on this site, some were powerfully inspirational, spiritual and fulfilling but most were hideously detrimental and destructive.  When I think about the history of the Nation as I stand on the occupied ground I can envision and hear our ancestors that suffered the same pillage as we do today.  What has changed, “progress”, freedom”, NO!  Since the inception of “America” we have a history of violence and persecution, specifically to the Indigenous People and to our Mother, Earth.  

Equality is something that many white Americans fear.  Equality means the loss of white privilege.  Equality means the loss of the ability to oppress and dehumanize those who are different.  Equality takes away the ability to believe white Americans are superior physically, mentally and spriritually.  Equality ends the acceptability of sexual abuse of women, particularly women of color in this country. Equality ends the entitlement that some men feel towards women’s bodies.

As the black snake slithers across four states and just over 200 waterways it is guaranteed that there will be spills, explosions, pollutants and inevitably poison the water and land devastating 17,000,000 Americans that depend on the Missouri River and other waterways for clean water.

View this video for the story of the woman who was harassed in Iowa.

 

 

Native American Women Verbally Harassed Near Pipeline Site

"How much for the little girl?” — A pipeline worker catcalled a mother and her daughter protesting near the construction site

Posted by NowThis on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Native Women Attend Conference on VAWA in St. Paul, MN

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Native Women attend VAWA conference

First Annual Circle of Advocacy for Victims

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Join us for an important learning experience for advocates and others!

Sex Trafficking Prevention Training and Red Sand Project Awareness Event

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Sept. 1 & 2, 2016 - Sex Trafficking Prevention Training and Red Sand Awareness Event
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Thank You Dakota for the Great Resource on Cyber Laws and Safety

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Thank you to our young friend Dakota for suggesting we include this as part of our resource.  Her and her mother messaged us:  "Hi there, How are you? ....my daughter, Dakota, wanted to reach out to you about your web page, Your page has great information that we were able to explore and bookmark for our internet safety and bullying campaign for our community. :) During the summer, Dakota and I, like to do fun mother/daughter projects. We like to accomplish different projects that can contribute to our community. Anywho! While googling for some more resources, Dakota found this informational guide - http://www.jimadler.com/cyber-laws-and-safety. She was thinking that it'd be a valuable resource for your page. Do you mind adding it? I know she'd be delighted to make a valuable contribution and maybe help out other kids. Looking forward to hearing back," Dakota's mom.

Here you go Dakota.  Please keep up the great work.  You are awesome.  And please continue to talk to all your friends about Cyber safety.

Cyber Laws and Safety

This article was approved by Jim Adler

Using the Internet is a common activity. If you have ever used a computer or a tablet to find information or to talk with a friend, you have used the Internet. Although the Internet can be convenient and useful, there are also some dangers lurking. You may enjoy using social media to stay connected with friends and family. However, online predators and cyberbullying are two common threats that exist for kids on the Internet. Follow your parents’ rules about Internet use and safety. Any time you feel uncomfortable about something on the Internet, tell an adult right away.

Social Media

Hanging out on social media websites can be fun. You probably enjoy chatting with friends, looking at pictures, and seeing other people’s updates. As nice as it is to connect with others online, you need to be careful how you do this. Remember, you can never take something back or erase it once it’s been on the Internet. This means that pictures you share or words you publish will stay on the Internet even if you remove them later. When you use social media websites, you need to control what others can see about you. This means that your account settings should be set to keep your profile private. Don’t allow anyone that you don’t know in person to have access to your profile on social media.

For more information go to Jim Alder & Associates


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