Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
First Nations Development Institute supports a national tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition network by providing training and technical assistance services to maximize the leadership, and operating and programmatic activities of emerging and established nonprofit organizations. First Nations serves close to 20 national tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions across the United States by sharing knowledge and resources in order to strengthen these innovative nonprofit organizations. As U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant recipients, these inspiring nonprofit coalitions have access to a national network of technical assistance providers while also providing crucial support services, education and awareness to tribal communities to end violence against Native women.
The Seven Dancers Coalition is a partnership of Native American professionals from across New York State that work with youth, elders, and community members to reinforce traditional knowledge and teachings to build healthy relationships. The SDC’s experienced staff develop and implement holistic programming that centers on ending domestic violence, sex trafficking, stalking, teen dating violence and sexual assault throughout Haudenosaunee Country. The SDC encourages health and wellness while simultaneously acknowledging and addressing why violence occurs and its long-term effects on individuals, families, and communities. Engaging community members and youth through peer education, online campaigns, resource distribution, and training is creating relatable, relevant and life-changing experiences toward prevention, restoration and healing.