Campaign To Raise
Awareness on Violence Against Native Women
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
To watch the stories
and learn more about the campaign you can visit the