Date: Thu, 09 Dec 1999 22:23:59 -0500
From: Albert RunningWolf <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

STOP Violence Against Indian Women 
Albert Running Wolf 
Chairperson: AIMCISG 
P.O. Box 102 
Brookville, IN 47012 

Phone: (765)647-4947 
Fax: (765)647-5362 

...still strong in the Spirit and in the Struggle... 
   Subj:Justice Department Convenes Domestic Violence Conference...

Justice Department Convenes Domestic Violence Conference in Flagstaff To Assist Native 
American Women

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 100 tribal governments and Native 
American organizations from 25 states are meeting here this week to learn about the 
promising practices and programs to address violence against Native American women. 
Two nonprofit Native American organizations, Mending the Sacred Hoop and Sacred Circle 
National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women, are in charge of the 
program as part of a technical assistance grant from the Justice Department's Violence 
Against Women Office (VAWO).

Tribal grantees from VAWO's STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecution) 
Violence Against Indian Women program are attending. These recipients include tribal 
leaders, tribal law enforcement personnel, women's shelter advocates and tribal court 
judges, prosecutors and court personnel.

"All of the Indian program funds under the Violence Against Women Act have allowed us 
to assist tribal governments to partner with service providers who assist Indian 
victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Bonnie Campbell, Director of 
VAWO. "This collaboration promotes the safety and sovereignty of Native women and also 
emphasizes holding offenders accountable."

Since the inception of the STOP Violence Against Indian Women Discretionary Grant 
program in 1995, the Justice Department has awarded over $30 million to tribal 
governments. Arizona's tribal governments have received $1.8 million. The STOP Indian 
program, which provides funding to strengthen the tribal justice system's response to 
violent crimes against Indian women, is authorized by the Violence Against Women Act 
of 1994.

Conference participants will discuss promising efforts within the areas of law 
enforcement, prosecution, tribal courts, tribal leadership, women's advocacy and 
coordination with county, state and federal agencies, including United States 
Attorneys' Offices. Tribal grantees will also have the opportunity to visit the Hopi 
Tribe to see its community response to domestic violence. Assistant United States 
Attorneys from various districts, along with the Northwest Tribal Court Judges 
Association and the American Indian Law Center, will assist with training and 

The 25 states participating in this conference include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, 
California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North 
Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

More information about the STOP Violence Against Indian Women program and other 
violence against women efforts is available at the Violence Against Women Office 
Website or OJP's Website at or by calling 
the National Criminal Justice Reference Service toll-free on 800-851-3420.

* OJP and its component agencies' press releases are available for use without 

SOURCE Office of Justice Programs 
CO: Violence Against Women; Office of Justice Programs

12/07/1999 16:39 EST

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