Campaign To Raise Awareness on Violence Against Native Women

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 4th, 2013 Last Updated on: November 4th, 2013

The Indian Law Resource Center and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) have launched the first videos in a new campaign to raise awareness of and help end violence against Native women and girls.

The campaign is two-fold, featuring a series of “Survivor Stories” with Native women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence and another  series of videos on the theme of “Native Love,” with Native youth expressing what Native love means to them and the changes they want to see in their communities.

“With one in three Native women raped in their lifetimes, creating awareness to end violence against Indian and Alaska Native women and girls is the first and foremost priority for this campaign,” said Jana Walker, Senior Attorney and Director of the Center’s Safe Women, Strong Nations project.  “The epidemic of violence against Native women and girls cannot be tolerated.”

The “Native Love” video series raises awareness about violence against Native women and girls and is aimed at empowering tribal members, particularly young people, to speak out.  Justin Secakuku, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, shares a Hopi tradition involving white corn, with its symbolism of the value of women to give and produce life.

“Women should be appreciated, honored, and loved,” says Secakuku in the video. “In the concept of Native love, we have to respect what women have to contribute to society as a whole.”


To watch the stories and learn more about the campaign you can visit the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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I am a white woman,if that’s what you want to call me. But really we are all of GOD. LOVE.
My short story….about woman all kinds, we don’t get respect, Yes we must fight for it. I was a multiple rape victim in the early 1970’s by…you got it “white man” abused on every job due to a disability,you got it, White man again. I am not prejudice, We all bleed red. This is just the truth. I felt guilty at the time so I never reported the rapes which now I have PtSD from this. I fall under a grandfather law which they can not convict these men. Law changed in 2004. But I am left with scaring and permanent nightmares/low self esteem. Just wanted to share my story and NO I am not a victim. I fight.

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