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Each gift made to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center strengthens our mission to end violence against Native women and vision of restoring sovereignty for tribes to hold perpetrators accountable. We are committed to providing national leadership in this work by lifting up the collective voices of grassroots advocates in tribal communities.

NIWRC provides training and technical assistance, educational resources, and policy development—all of which are rooted in traditional lifeways and beliefs—for tribes and advocates across Indian Country. Our main office is located in Lame Deer, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. NIWRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.




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  • More than four out of five American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime.
  • Native women suffer from violence at a rate 2.5 times greater than any other population in the United States.
  • One in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and four in five Native women will be victims of a violent assault. It is startling that non-Native perpetrators commit the majority of these crimes.
  • On some reservations, Native women are killed at 10 times the national average.

Safety for a Native woman depends in large part on whether the government in her geographic area has the authority and resources to effectively police, prosecute, punish crimes, and establish strong laws criminalizing violence against women. In most non-Indian communities, the county or city government has authority to investigate and prosecute both misdemeanor and felony crimes against women. In Indian Country, however, federal legislation, case law, and policies have left Native nations with far less legal authority and resources to protect their citizens than any other local government. This effectively denies Native women access to justice and culturally appropriate services, and subsequently prevents them from living free from violence. 

NIWRC is dedicated to reclaiming the sovereignty of tribal communities and safeguarding Native women and their children. Through training and technical assistance, educational resources, and policy development, we provide national leadership to show that offenders can and will be held accountable and that Native women and their children are entitled to: 1) safety from violence within their homes and in their community; 2) justice both on and off tribal lands; and 3) access to culturally-appropriate services based on their tribal beliefs and practices.

What Grassroots Advocates Are Saying...

“The National Indian Women’s Resource Center is an excellent source for information on a broad range of topics and issues that affect Indigenous women of all ages. They are doing vital work, and I encourage everyone to subscribe to their mailing list to stay updated on new information, upcoming webinars, newsletters, federal legislation, and much more. I go to the NIWRC website and social media sites almost every day.” - Social Media Follower

“I gained a lot of information and was able to network with other Native American peers. I’m one of a few Native Americans in my DV agency. I felt welcomed and 'at home' with other Native American advocates. This was a great journey for me and my two teenaged daughters who attended the conference with me. We would like to attend another training in the future.“- Participant, Peer-To-Peer Conference

“Sometimes, I feel like the networking with other attendees is the best part of any event. The providers were excellent with checking in with everyone and ensuring that all were connected and included in activities and discussions.” - Participant, Peer-To-Peer conference

Annual Report:  FY 2019 Annual Report