Child Sexual Assault: Collaborative Models that Work (Sponsored by Native American Children's Alliance, National District Attorneys Association)Discover how to use existing resources for effective responses to child abuse, establish supportive inter-disciplinary relationships that help child victims and families begin the healing process sooner and more successfully. Explore a coordinated approach available through multi-disciplinary teams and children's advocacy centers. Learn about alternative models to stand alone Child Advocacy Centers.
Conference Reception (Optional)Sponsored by: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla IndiansMorongo Band of Mission IndiansSan Manuel Band of Mission Indians (No federal funds utilized)
East Pool Deck
Honoring Victim/Survivor VoicesRape, by Eileen Hudon (White Earth Ojibwe)
Video Presentation:Sexual Assault Awareness Walk for Honor, Walk for JusticeIntroduced by:
LaVonne Peck (La Jolla Band)
Tribal Chair, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
Addressing Victimization Issues through Effective Implementation of the Tribal Law and Order Act
Executive Office for United States Attorneys
U.S. Department of Justice
Tracy Toulou (Colville), Director (invited)
Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ)
John Harte (San Felipe Pueblo)
Partner, Mapetsi Policy Group Former Policy Director, U. S, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
John Dossett, Chief Counsel (invited)
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Mobilize! Outreach Strategies to Engage Sexually Exploited YouthWhat does it mean to "meet youth where they're at?" Gain a better understanding of the dynamics surrounding street survival and how youth cope. Learn skills to help youth develop a safety plan. This presentation will help advocates, street outreach workers and community organizers build a toolbox of resources, ideas and strategies to reach homeless youth.
Eric Szatkowski Susan White Horse
Susan White Horse
Media and Technology: The Impact on Missing Persons in Indian CountryThis presentation will provide an overview on issues related to missing and exploited children and adults. Professionals attending this session will explore the dynamics involved in the victimization of an abducted/missing person. This includes the presentation on the digital exploitation of children in real-life examples and practical advice on the safety and well-being of children online or using their cell phones. Topics include the latest trends that pose a danger to children, including sexting, social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, file sharing programs like Lime Wire, smart phones, online gaming and cyber bullying. (Handout)
Renee Williams Melissa Riley
Collaboration, Coordination & Outreach: Increasing Compensation & Assistance in AI/AN CommunitiesThe Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) supports tribal initiatives that enhance services to crime victims in Indian country and promote collaboration with local, state and federal agencies. Understanding the complexities of tribal governments and establishing a strategic framework for building inter-governmental effectiveness is crucial to assisting crime victims during their healing process. The goal of the workshop is to provide participants an understanding of the VOCA Compensation and Assistance program; provide tools for completing compensation applications and information on establishing assistance programs in tribal communities. Participants of this workshop are encouraged to bring questions and provide recommendations that will be instrumental to increasing services to crime victims in tribal communities.
Virginia Ajxup de Zapil
Francis G. Bettelyoun
Singing in Harmony: Honoring Victim/Survivor VoicesJoanne Shenandoah (Oneida Nation)Grammy Award WinningSinger/Performer/Composer/Actress/Lecturer
Walking in Harmony: Honoring Victims/Survivors and Healing throughHealthy Lifestyle Choices and HumorJames Junes (Navajo) and Ernest Tsosie III (Navajo)
Health and Healing for Abuse Survivors Through Pow-Wow TeachingsIn this workshop participants will screen the movie "Teach Me the Songs, Teach Me the Steps: Health and Healing through Pow-wow Teachings," produced by the Sacred Hoop Coalition utilizing only in-house technologies. Presenters will share their experiences, difficulties, and knowledge gained, as well as discuss why creating Native specific video materials can be an important tool to engage the community.
We All Must Advocate for Abused and Neglected American Indian/Alaska Native Children (Sponsored by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)Child Protective Services and the foster care system, whether state or tribal, are stretched beyond capacity. Learn how tribal leaders and community members can collaborate with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (NCASAA) and its network of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs to speak up in the best interest of your tribal children in foster care. If you have a tribal court that hears dependency cases; learn how NCASAA can support the development of your own Tribal CASA Program. (PowerPoint)
Kathryn Ford Abby Abinanti
Specialized Approaches to Domestic and Sexual Violence in State Courts: Are They Applicable to Tribal Court Systems?This workshop will outline the principles and strategies behind state courts' specialized approaches to addressing domestic and sexual violence, including specialized courts. Participants will have the opportunity to compare these responses with those of tribal courts, and discuss which components of specialized courts are relevant and useful to tribal communities. (Handout)
Yuriko B Toro
Caroline Felicity Antone
Joseph F. Delgado
Jacqueline "Jax" AgtucaLaVonne Peck
Doris BeresfordTillie Black BearPaula €śLen€ť JulianWendy Schlater
Victim Advocacy AwardsBonnie HeavyRunner Awards
Presented by:Iris HeavyRunner Pretty Paint (Blackfeet/Crow)Gertrude Ground HeavyRunner (Blackfeet)
Dianne Barker Harrold Gayle ThomMary Jo SpeakerSuzanne Breedlove Heckmaster
Gayle ThomMary Jo SpeakerSuzanne Breedlove Heckmaster
Cultural Response to Homicide: Advocacy Challenges in Homicide Cases and Victim CompensationThis workshop will address cultural responses to homicide in Indian Country. It will focus on the Cultural Considerations for Death Notifications (advocates, law enforcement, spiritual healers).
Listening Session with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (Sponsored by Office for Civil Rights)In this session, the Office for Civil Rights is interested in learning from tribal organizations, or organizations which serve primarily Tribal communities, who are sub-recipients of Federal Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding or (potential sub-recipients). OCR is interested in learning if any such agency or organization has experienced any difficulties (such as denial of funding, or lack of access to information on funding sources) from state administrative agencies which administer various DOJ Block and Formula Grant Programs. The DOJ funding to the state administrative agencies could come from the following DOJ grant-making components: The Office on Violence Against Women, The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and The Office of Justice Programs (and its components, The Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Office on Victims of Crime, The Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, The Community Capacity Development Office, The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking, or The National Institute of Justice.
Hope and Healing from Child Sexual AbuseSpeaking publicly about trauma we've experienced, telling our stories in therapy, or sharing difficult parts of our past with friends and family are essential pieces of personal and cultural healing. Yet, too often, speakers and listeners may be re-traumatized in the process. PeggyEllen Kleinleder, RN, BSN, uses her story of a childhood kidnapping and assault in rural Alaska to demonstrate strategies for breaking up powerful memories into smaller parts so that the speaker and listeners can stay grounded in present time awareness and sensory experience. In this way the present heals the past and the past informs the present. Information and techniques taught in this workshop can be used in individual and group therapy, as well as during public presentations and informal sharing.
A SANE Approach to Sexual Assault: Developing Programs and Collaborations in communities (Partially sponsored by Indian Health Services)This workshop provides an overview of the value of working toward having sexual assault nurse examiners as a piece of the coordinated community response to sexual assault. Creating a victim centered response, using traditional values and a trained healthcare response along with a team approach will begin positive changes for victims. (PowerPoint)
East Pool Deck (Weather permitting)
Honoring Victim/Survivor VoicesSurvival, by Venus St. Martin (Colville/Nez Perce)
Introduction of Assistant Secretary Larry Echo HawkDarren A. Cruzan (Miami Nation)
Deputy Director, Office of Justice Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Introduction of Judge ThorneHon. Abby Abinanti (Yurok)Chief Judge, Yurok Tribal Court
Dependency/Delinquency Judge, California Superior Court
Closing Keynote: Role of Tribal Courts in Honoring Victim/Survivor Voices to achieve Safety, Justice, & HealingHon. William A. Thorne (Pomo/Coast Miwok)Appellate Court Judge, Utah Court of Appeals
Tribal Court Judge Pro Tem, various Tribal Courts