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Organizational History

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the sovereignty of Native nations and safeguarding Native women and their children. As the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women, NIWRC supports culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and provides national leadership to ending gender-based violence for American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Native communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty.

Our staff and board consist of Native women from throughout the United States with extensive experience and commitment to ending violence against Native women and their children. This leadership ensures that NIWRC's work supports and upholds grassroots advocacy and policy development work to address these crimes. NIWRC's staff bring decades of expertise regarding violence against Native women, each having worked in various capacities to build a strong grassroots movement to increase the tribal response to domestic violence and increase safety for Native women.

Through public awareness and resource development, training and technical assistance, policy development, and research activities, NIWRC provides national leadership to show that offenders can and will be held accountable and that Native women and their children are entitled to:

  • safety from violence within their homes and in their community;
  • justice both on and off tribal lands; and
  • access to culturally grounded services designed by and for Native women.

Key principles to ending gender-based violence are:

  • Support grassroots efforts
  • Provide national leadership
  • Develop educational and programmatic materials
  • Provide direct technical assistance
  • Build capacity of Indigenous communities
  • Support tribal sovereignty

Mission: Our mission is to support and uphold grassroots advocacy by creating and enhancing the capacity of Native communities to end gender based violence through technical assistance, education, public awareness and policy development.

Vision: Our vision is to restore safety of Native women and their communities by upholding the inherent sovereignty of Native nations.

Current Staff  |  Board of Directors