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National Indigenous Women's Organization to Host Training

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Program to build advocacy skills, address trauma in tribal communities

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC), in collaboration with the Haudenosaunee Coalition for Women's Empowerment (HCWE), is holding a Region 4 training, "Honoring Mother Earth: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Communities," in Syracuse on August 8-10, 2012. The purpose of the training is to network, build advocacy skills, address trauma in tribal communities, and strengthen sovereignty to increase safety for Indian women and children.

“We are very excited to offer this training in Haudenosaunee territory,” said Lucy Simpson, NIWRC executive director. “The nations of the Haudenosaunee are renowned for their matrilineal leadership and strong traditions. We can all learn from the Haudenosaunee people about honoring our mothers and strengthening our tribal communities.”

Among the guest speakers are Lisa Brunner, executive director of Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition, as well as Carrie Garrow and Amie Barnes, president and executive director, respectively, of HCWE. Joining them are Konon:kwe Council founders Katsi Cook, renowned aboriginal midwife; Beverly Cook, Akwesasne community health leader; and Karonienhawi Thomas, special investigator with the St. Regis Mohawk Police Department.

“It’s important to integrate our traditional ways into our contemporary lives,” said Beverly Cook. “The fire that held us together was nearly extinguished. We’re trying to gather that fire back up again.”

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An Iroquois social featuring traditional songs and dances of the Haudenosaunee is planned for the first evening. All are welcome to participate.

NIWRC has received Office on Violence against Women (OVW) approval for this regional training. Guests who plan to attend this training and want to use OVW funds are encouraged to do so.

For more information or to register, please visit

Dedicated to restoring safety to Native women by upholding the sovereignty of Indian and Alaska Native tribes, the NIWRC is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women, as mandated by the federal Family Violence Prevention Services Act.

The NIWRC is dedicated to reclaiming the sovereignty of Native nations and safeguarding Native women and their children through public awareness and resource development, training and technical assistance, policy development, and research activities.

Haudenosaunee Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (HCWE), based within Six Nations Iroquois territory, is dedicated to Native American women and their families who are victims or survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Konon:kwe Council is a community-based, Mohawk women-led group which works to reconstruct the power of Haudenosaunee origins through collaborative approaches to the care, empowerment, and transformation of a traumatized indigenous community (Akwesasne). For more information, visit