Foundation and Key Principles: Strengthening the Role of Advocacy in Indian Country Workshop


The foundation of advocates’ role in Indian Country is built upon our indigenous understanding of our relationships and roles as Relatives in the context of historical and ongoing dynamics of colonization. The key principles of advocacy come from Indigenous cultural beliefs and values, and encompass concepts of resilience, trauma-informed approaches and sovereignty. These are the themes of this workshop with a focus on the dynamics and impact of battering/intimate partner violence, particularly on Native women. Key topics include basic advocacy skills, confidentiality and elements of shelter and other safe space. Advocates’ role in social change initiatives outside of shelter doors is also addressed. Discussion and interactive exercises are planned throughout this workshop.

Please note that you may register to attend this 3-day workshop in-person, or virtually. For those attending in-person, given the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and to safeguard our health and that of our relatives, we are encouraging those who have not been vaccinated to get the vaccination. If vaccinated, please provide proof at workshop check-in. For those who are unvaccinated, we are requesting participants to get tested 72 hours prior to the first day of this workshop and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. We will be providing masks and hand sanitizer during sessions. The maximum number of participants has also been lowered to allow for social distancing within the workshop. Health and safety are our priorities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated as we move together through these challenging times. We look forward to meeting you!



  • Brenda Hill, Director of Technical Assistance & Training, NIWRC
  • Kim Zahne, Technical Assistance and Training Specialist, NIWRC

Register Early! In-Person Space is Limited!

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird $300 – Before April 1, 2022
  • Standard $350

Hotel Information:

Best Western Plus Rio Grande
1015 Rio Grande Inn NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone (505) 217-1603
Reservations must be made by calling 1-800-959-4726 or 1-(505) 843-9500.
For group rate of $111.00 + taxes and fees per night mention “National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.” Cut-off for group rate is March 27, 2022. Workshop participants are responsible for all room charges.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card at the time of confirmation and no reservations will be accepted by e-mail or fax.

Reservations must be canceled twenty-four (24) hours prior to their scheduled arrival date or the individual will be assessed a penalty of one night’s room and tax per reservation held.

Hotel provides a free shuttle to/from the airport.