Human Trafficking in Indian Country Seminar

The National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is pleased to announce the Human Trafficking in Indian Country Seminar. The seminar will be held February 3-5, 2015, at the National Advocacy Center (NAC). Travel and lodging accommodations will be paid for by the Department of Justice. There is no tuition fee for this training.

This seminar is intended for federal and tribal criminal justice professionals working in Indian Country. This seminar will serve to enhance participant’s understanding of legal definitions, elements of federal offenses, and current issues and challenges of human trafficking enforcement. The training will include in-depth discussions of effective strategies for identifying, investigating, and prosecuting human trafficking cases, including prosecutors’ roles in planning successful enforcement operations; strategies for developing victim testimony; pretrial litigation strategies; effective trial presentation in human trafficking prosecutions; and sentencing issues. This seminar will focus primarily on sex trafficking.

For more information and a nomination form, click here.

Grants Promote Social Justice Organizing

Resist offers support to grassroots groups engaged in activist organizing for economic, social, and environmental justice in the United States. General support grants of up to $4,000 are provided to small budget groups who struggle towards a broad vision of social justice, while opposing political and institutional oppression. Resist’s interests include community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, disability issues, labor organizing, and Native American organizing, among others. Requests are reviewed six times per year; the upcoming deadline is December 2, 2014. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Resist website.

8 Warning Signs of a Relationship Gone Horribly Wrong

Curated by Alana Karsh, courtesy of the Upworthy website.

I read this list of eight with a knowing feeling that I had experienced quite a few of them. Thankfully, I ended that relationship before I was physically hurt. But the emotional scars? They linger.

Can you relate to anything on this list? I really hope not.

Here is the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233. Call if you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner abuse. You could also share this so your friends can take a look at their relationships, too.


This graphic is also available in other languages.  Check out the Upworthy website for more languages.

2014 Tree of Honor & Remembrance


From the District Attorneys Council:
Please join us on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. as we gather to honor and remember crime victims, survivors, advocates, families and friends.
Renaissance (Cox) Convention Center
100 West Sheridan
North Lobby, Street Level
Oklahoma City

If you wish, please bring a small non-breakable ornament to hang on the tree in honor or support of a crime victim.  Ornaments may also be mailed for placement on tree. Please include name of honoree and date of crime/or date of death.
Mail ornaments to:
District Attorneys Council
Victim Services Division
421 N.W. 13th Street, Suite 290
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


According to the Violence Policy Center, Oklahoma is ranked third in the nation for homicides of women by men.  For this year’s report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data, please visit their website or click this link.

The Institute for Native Justice would like to thank Kindra Swafford (Cherokee) for the use of her art.  Kindra is currently studying Fine Arts: 2D Emphasis at Northeastern State University. She will graduate December 2014 with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and will look to further her education pursing a Master’s degree. She has been recognized in the community of Tahlequah as a featured upcoming artist for the months of September and October of 2014. Kindra has won multiple Honorable Mentions for the annual NSU Student Juried Art Show in the years of 2011-2014. She is currently working on furthering her style and career in 2D and 3D art.  

Alaska Native Sustainability Programs Funded

Alaska Conservation Foundation: Alaska Native Fund
The purpose of the Alaska Native Fund, a program of the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF), is to advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting their land and sustaining their ways of life. The Fund’s grantmaking priorities include the following: Climate Change, Food Security, Sustainable Economies, Energy, and Holistic Wellness. Alaska Native organizations and individuals that address one of these issues are eligible to apply. Grants range up to $20,000 for organizations and up to $10,000 for individuals. (The Fund will also provide grants of up to $5,000 for applicants implementing Youth Organizing strategies.) Letters of inquiry are due December 1, 2014; full proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2015. Visit ACF’s website to learn more about the Fund’s application guidelines.

Credit History and Housing Access for Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar

On Thursday, October 23, at 11 a.m. Pacific/ 12 p.m. Mountain/ 1 p.m. Central/ 2 p.m. Eastern, the National Housing Law Project will provide a training covering options for survivors of domestic violence with negative credit history who are seeking to apply to housing. Domestic violence survivors can face obstacles to accessing housing due to poor credit history related to the abuse. Topics will include legal protections, advocacy strategies, and practical tips for assisting survivors in applying for housing.

This webinar is designed for advocates, attorneys, and others who work directly with survivors of domestic violence trying to access housing.

The webinar is free and will last 90 minutes. Click here to register online.


Senior Program Officer Position Available At First Nations

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has an opening for a Senior Program Officer. The application deadline is Nov. 3, 2014.

The position’s primary responsibility is to provide oversight and implementation of First Nations’ projects that may include, but are not limited to, designing evaluation plans, developing work plans, organizing and planning convenings and meetings, drafting grant reports, working with grantees under a variety of grant programs, providing and conducting technical assistance to First Nations grantees, managing project consultants, overseeing project financials, and monitoring incoming progress reports.

The Senior Program Officer may work in close collaboration other First Nations Senior Program Officers, the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant-related income and expenditures, and First Nations’ Development staff.


  • Works with other Senior Program Officers to implement and coordinate training and technical assistance by phone, through site visits, at conferences and through on-site and off-site trainings and workshops.
  • Works with the First Nations’ Grantmaking Officer in monitoring subgrant-funded projects to ensure proper grant reporting and compliance.
  • Coordinates and manages consultants/field staff working under the grant.
  • Acts as the project’s main liaison with the accounting department to ensure smooth operations between the subgrantees and First Nations.
  • Coordinates convenings, annual conferences, and site visits as necessary.
  • Oversees and manage projects to include evaluation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Development and delivery of training curriculum.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience required (e.g. experience in a nonprofit organization and/or as a grantmaker/grantseeker).
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations and practices.
  • Travel required.
  • Experience in training and/or adult education desirable.
  • Knowledge of and/or familiarity with the historical and contemporary legal development and workings/status of tribal nations highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultures and specific experience with American Indian communities and culture desired.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Competent self-starter who will take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong administrative ability and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to organize and meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments simultaneously, with minimum supervision.
  • Strong computer skills, including but not limited to MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Positive attitude, good people skills and the ability to work closely with people at all levels of experience and proficiency required.

SALARY RANGE: $59,000 to $65,000


  • Employer-matched 403(b) retirement plan
  • Employer health insurance contribution
  • Health benefits package
  • Paid time off
  • Holidays

Provide a cover letter, resume and three references by email to or mail to:
Attn: Jackie Francke, Director of Programs & Administration
First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main St., 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: November 3, 2014, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time

40 Hour Sexual Assault Tribal Advocate Training

40-Hour Sexual Assault Tribal Advocate Training
Monday, September 22, 2014 8:00 AM until Friday, September 26, 2014 1:00 PM

Red Wind is pleased to announce the Sexual Assault Tribal Advocacy Institute providing 40 hours of training to build the critical framework for Tribal Sexual Assault Advocates to effectively and appropriately respond to sexual assault survivors in their communities.

This training will prepare tribal advocates for seeking sexual assault advocacy certification and is the only training of its kind that includes relevant information that addresses tribal and federal responses. Topics will include:
• Historical Context for Sexual Violence Against Native Women
• Overview of Sexual Assault Sexual Assault Advocacy
• Special Populations
• Challenging Issues
• Safety Planning with Sexual Assault Victims
• Federal Protections
• Tribal Sexual Assault Response
• Victim Rights and Remedies
• Tribal/Community Resources
• Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

Registration price: $625 — includes two working lunches

Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. You will receive a confirmation email at that time. The email will contain an agenda with meeting start and end times, logistical information and details about the area to assist you with your travels to Colorado Springs.

Lodging:  Drury Inn Pikes Peak is holding a room block for participants at a rate of $74.99 per night for single occupancy and double occupancy. Each participant is responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Please make reservations before SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 and request the Group Number 2215406 to receive the reduced rate. The Drury Inn provides a complementary hot breakfast each morning to guests.

Any questions, you can contact our office at 866-599-9650 or

*Red Wind is seeking OVW approval for this training, however, it has not been OVW approved at this time. To ensure your ability to use your OVW funds for this training, you will need to seek approval from your Grant Specialist until further notice.