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Great Plains Area
Fort Thompson Service Unit
The Fort Thompson Service Unit's Crow Creek Red Road to Wellbriety Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative engages programs and individuals to expand and coordinate meaningful domestic violence prevention on the Crow Creek Reservation. Domestic violence and the associated problems of substance abuse, suicide, child abuse and neglect, poverty, homelessness and unemployment are symptoms of a much bigger issue, that of Intergenerational and Historical Trauma. This program will save lives and promote healing amongst the Hunkpati (Crow Creek) people by incorporating activities that richly incorporate traditional Lakota practices and values. Culture is prevention. Healing will take place through the application of cultural and spiritual knowledge.
Pine Ridge Hospital
Pine Ridge Hospital’s domestic violence program, "Wicincala Wikoskalaka Winyan ta Wapiye,quot; will assist victims of sexual and domestic violence through integration of traditional Lakota healing ceremonies with a medical model of care. Services offered by the program will enable victims of domestic and sexual violence to discuss traditional Lakota teachings such as the Lakota creation story. The program will provide each participate with materials and guidance to make traditional items such as prayer ties, flags, and a prayer dress. As participants build healthy relationships within the program, they are encouraged to express emotions and find safety within a supportive environment.
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has identified the need for enhanced services in the areas of domestic and sexual violence prevention, advocacy, training, and coordinated community response. Training and educational opportunities will be extended to staff, Tribal, and community members. Organizational practices will be developed that will utilize culturally appropriate and trauma informed approaches in order to enhance direct services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault within the community.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will work with the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society will provide evidence-based and culturally appropriate prevention strategies to youth through their collaboration with the local schools and multi-disciplinary teams. They will strengthen their collaboration with local mental health providers in order to enhance services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation
The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate’s program will address domestic and sexual violence by developing partnerships among several programs to form a collaborative council. The council will coordinate services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who request intervention, protection, therapy, housing referrals, improved parenting practices, assistance with legal issues, support for employment or training, and financial stability. The program will hire a counselor to provide individual, family and group therapy, and a case manager to plan and navigate services for participant healing. Prevention information including dating violence and elder abuse will be provided through community outreach by the council. Culturally appropriate services will be available for every level of need through the DVPI team and collaborative council.
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians' Hearts of Hope project will continue to provide safe, viable options and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They will continue to maintain the domestic violence shelter, provide community education and outreach, and legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocacy and emergency services will be available 24/7.
Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc.
Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc. will provide services to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on the Crow Creek Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation, and the surrounding county areas in which Native women reside. They will provide advocacy on a 24/7 basis. Survivors will have access to food and clothing; transportation to other shelters for safety, appointments, or court appearances; traditional inipis; and other therapeutic activities. Wiconi will initiate a planned strategy that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and public awareness.
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
The Winnebago domestic violence prevention program will continue to provide service and support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. Their program provides advocacy, maintains a safe shelter, transportation, outreach, education and emergency care 24/7 to the survivors of violence. They will strengthen their program by collaborating with their local mental healthcare providers to enhance trauma informed care to survivors of violence.