4th Annual American Indian Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Unity 2017

September 1, 2017

OKLAHOMA’S TRIBAL COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY OF UNITY

Event provides support and hope to American Indian people impacted by domestic violence

ANADARKO – The Native Alliance Against Violence will be sponsoring the American Indian Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Unity on October 11, 2017. Over 20 of Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence programs will showcase information about the type of resources they have to offer victims of violence. The event will take place from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko.

 “We want to raise awareness of the domestic and sexual violence issues that affect so many of our native brothers and sisters. It is extremely important for our tribal communities to realize that there is help available for them,” said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence.

“We need to acknowledge and bring awareness to the fact that the rates of domestic and sexual violence against American Indians are the highest of any population” said Stover. According to page 55 of the National Institute of Justice 2016 Research Report on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men, of those surveyed, more than 84% of American Indian/Alaska Native women have experienced some type of sexual violence, physical violence, stalking or psychological aggression in their lifetime.

 The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Violence Free Living Program has taken on the task of being this year’s event host. The event will begin with an opening ceremony by the Apache Tribal Princess, Kylie Cisco, as well a speech from Alonzo Chalepah, a former Apache Tribe Chairman and current contributor to Apache cultural programs. Attendees will have the option to vote in an art contest featuring artwork by advocates of tribal domestic violence programs. The public will also be encouraged to join together for a candle ceremony that highlights the prevalence of domestic violence in Oklahoma.