Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE TO EDUCATE ON PROPOSED PIPELINE’S MAN CAMPS IN OCETI SAKOWIN TERRITORY AUGUST 16 AND 17

PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE TO EDUCATE ON PROPOSED PIPELINE’S MAN CAMPS IN OCETI SAKOWIN TERRITORY AUGUST 16 AND 17

PICKSTOWN, SD – A conference is planned for August 16 & 17, 2013 at the Fort Randall Casino on the Yankton Sioux Reservation to promote awareness of the man camps that are part of the proposed TransCanada Corp oil pipeline that will run from Canada, North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, and Nebraska to go to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma.  The Conference is the Protect the Sacred II Campaign to oppose the KXL development in treaty territories.  A previous successful gathering in January of 2013, resulted in a historic International Treaty to Protect the Sacred against KXL and Tar Sands Development. The conference ‘Protect the Women & Families from KXL Violence’ includes panelists and speakers on the impact of development on Native families in Bakken Range in North Dakota; crises assault statistics on Native women in Indian country; Department of Justice representative regarding vulnerable populations; relationship of murdered and missing women in Canada to industrial predation in Indigenous communities;  forums from Native women’s societies and men’s societies and speakers...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Featured, News

Sliver of a Full Moon, By Melissa Merrick

Sliver of a Full Moon, By Melissa Merrick

When I was a little girl, I thought I was the only one. I thought I was different, and not in a good way. I had assumed that the things that I saw, the things that were done to me….were normal.  I remember I would pray for a “normal” life, one where my mom wasn’t being hurt, where she didn’t have pain and could just be Mom- Superwoman, fixer of all. It wasn’t until I became a little older that I was brave enough to tell my friend. It happened to her too. A small group of us at what you would call a “slumber party” (but we were way too cool for that), started sharing. There were five of us. One by one, we went around and each of us had been violated. Still, I believed that I was different. I thought that people HAD to know how messed up I really was, how I was dirty, and not good enough. Through the work of a wonderful advocate,...

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Featured, News

US Dept. of Justice Fact Sheet Re: VAWA’s Tribal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians

US Dept. of Justice Fact Sheet Re: VAWA’s Tribal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians

VAWA 2013 AND TRIBAL JURISDICTION OVER NON-INDIAN PERPETRATORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Congress recently passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, or “VAWA 2013.” This new law includes significant provisions addressing tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence. These tribal provisions were proposed by the Justice Department in 2011. WHAT WILL TRIBES BE ABLE TO DO UNDER THE NEW LAW? Tribes will be able to exercise their sovereign power to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence both Indians and non-Indians who assault Indian spouses or dating partners or violate a protection order in Indian country. VAWA 2013 also clarifies tribes’ sovereign power to issue and enforce civil protection orders against Indians and non-Indians. WHEN DOES THIS NEW LAW TAKE EFFECT? Although tribes can issue and enforce civil protection orders now, generally tribes cannot criminally prosecute non-Indian abusers until at least March 7, 2015. WILL THIS BE VOLUNTARY? Yes, tribes will be free to participate, or not. The authority of U.S. Attorneys (and state/local prosecutors, where they have jurisdiction)...

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Release

North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer Recent Remarks

North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer Recent Remarks

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIDAY, March 29, 2013​​CONTACT: Janelle Moos, Executive Director ​​​​​​​jmoos@ndcaws.org 701.255.6240 ext. 116 CAWS RESPONSE TO CONGRESSMAN CRAMER’S VISIT BISMARCK- The reality of sexual assault and domestic violence can be overwhelming, but talking about the devastating effects on victims and their families is the first step. American Indian women living on reservations experience unique challenges that intensify the epidemic of violence against them. In a 2008 CDC study, 39% of Native women surveyed identified as victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed. Further, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race. The hard fought provisions included in the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)addressing the tribal populations are a key part of the legislation and we are disappointed Congressman Cramer did not take the opportunity this week to lend his support to the good work being done by victim assistance providers on our ND reservations.  We stand in...

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