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November is National Native American Heritage Month

The National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey reports that 4 out of every 10 American Indian or Alaska Native women have been the victim of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Native American women face a great risk of becoming victims of violence. This is due, in part, to the multi-layered effects of the jurisdictional maze, colonization, and the resulting loss of traditional culture.

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) is an organization dedicated to restoring safety of Native women by upholding the sovereignty of Indian and Alaskan Native tribes. NIWRC works to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to all forms of violence against Native woman.

To learn more visit NIWRC’s website, and read the Amnesty International report on The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women.