Special Collection

Special Collection: For Native American Teens


This Special Collection is developed to highlight the issues, resources and other suggestions for engaging Native youth in our communities about healthy relationships and related tools. The Special Collection organizes information, resources, tips and curricula drawn from the wealth of information gathered from partner organizations, experts from the field, and other allies from the web. Specifically, in this Collection, will be resources on cultural issues, national sources, statistics, topical issues and approaches, existing programs, available material and resources to create awareness and promote important discussions about teen dating violence within our Native communities. 

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center and this special collection resource was supported by Grant Number 90EV0452-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) in partnership with Verizon teamed up with the NativeLove project to encourage Native youth to think about what Native Love really is including what it can and should look like, with a focus on addressing how we can create change in our thinking and restore safety to our communities by strengthening our traditional ways of loving, characterized by respect, honor, kindness, family and compassion.

The NativeLove project includes a youth video/photo challenge, posters, social media campaigns, FAQs, teen resources and toolkits that are culturally appropriate for Native youth.  This information is offered to support and inform our youth including educators about healthy relationships and to encourage dialogue in Native communities. 



Here are the grim statistics:

o   Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year

o   One in five tweens knows a victim of dating violence

o   One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence

o   Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year

o   One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse

o   Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced

o   Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders

o   Twenty-two (22) states have enacted legislation that specifically addresses teen dating violence (http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-dating-violence.aspx)

o   New Hampshire is the only state where the law specifically allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order; more than half of states do not specify the minimum age of a petitioner.  The Tulalip Tribes also allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order.

o   Currently only one juvenile domestic violence court in the country focuses exclusively on teen dating violence

o   Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse

o   Eighty-one percent of parents believe teen-dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue

o   A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.

    o   Title IX is a federal law that protects the rights of all students to learn in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which can include sexual harassment or sexual violence.


Although there aren’t many current studies that identify the rate of dating violence in Native communities, we do know that Native women in the United States experience some of the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and murder in the country. This is an epidemic that has to end. The grim Native-specific statistics include:

o   More than 40% of Native children experience two or more acts of violence by the age of 18

o   25% of Native children that are exposed to violence have PTSD at a higher rate than that found in US soldiers returning home from Afghanistan

o   A 1992 Minnesota youth study found that 92% of American Indian girls who reported having sexual intercourse have been forced against their will to have sex

o   62% of those girls reported to have been pregnant by the 12th grade

o   Teen dating violence rates among high school students in Alaska’s Native communities was 13.3 percent, compared to the national average of 9.8 percent

o   Alaskan high school students were more likely to have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in their lives than other U.S. student (10.1% versus 7.4%)

o   American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes compared to all other races, and one in three Indian women reports having been raped during her lifetime

o   Nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner

o   One in three will be raped in their lifetime

    o   On some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average.

This Special Collection is primarily designed for Native youth programs, tribal coalitions, domestic violence programs, educators, advisors, and community members to obtain resources, education and other material to use in their delivery of services.  In addition, Native youth may access this toolkit directly.

Within each non-native specific resource when available, further considerations for how it applies to Native communities/teens, or some special considerations will be provided when appropriate.

The Tribal Law and Order Commission Report, Chapter 6:  Failing the Next Generation


An excerpt summarizes this chapter well: “Any discussion of Indian country juvenile justice must begin with the dire situation of Indian children. Today’s American Indian and Alaska Native youth have inherited the legacy of centuries of eradication- and assimilation-based policies directed at Indian people in the United States, including removal, relocation, and boarding schools. Indian country, and has resulted in “substantial social, spiritual, and economic deprivations, with each additional trauma compounding existing wounds over several generations.”

Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive


A research project led by national experts in a multi-discipline fields at the direction of Attorney General Holder, to review a variety of issues to create healthy communities, identify best resources and systems to address the needs of Native Youth and families.  Included in this report is a special chapter on removing barriers from Alaska Native communities. 

American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Briefing Book


Includes mental health issues about youth such as suicide and bullying as well as providing regional summaries. 

US Senate 388-December 2007


Recognizes the Teen Dating epidemic and designates a week in February as “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention” week.  


National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center


Native Love is defined by our traditional ways of caring for each other and values as Native peoples of respect, honor, kindness, family and compassion. Our NativeLove project encourages youth to rethink what Native Love means to them, and empower them to define healthy relationships for themselves. The NativeLove project aims to promote non-violent, respectful, safe relationships among Native youth, their families, communities, cultures, and Nations.

Because youth form the heart of our cultural survival as Native peoples, we at NIWRC believe that our Native youth have power to help create positive change in their communities to end this epidemic and to create pathways toward a future free from violence..

Native Wellness Institute


Provides training, youth camps, academies and other resources around youth empowerment, identity, etc.  Our youth leadership and athletic camps, academies and gatherings allow our youth to make a "head to heart" connection and understand the "why" of the often negative behaviors they see and experience how we can promote and maintain living by the "Warrior's Spirit.”

We are Native


Series of videos—a variety of videos with positive messaging about what being Native means:  This website designed for youth empowerment, provides information about culture, education, health issues, community, mental health, physical health and sexual health.  Included within each topic are videos that cover issues in a way youth can relate.  In addition, there is an ‘Ask Auntie’ blog that covers thorny issues youth may have.  Very useful for a variety of topics.

National Indian Youth Leadership Project


Their Project “Venture” is a coming of age process for young Natives to learn cultural values that recognize their value. They also have a gender specific--boys and girls-- coming of age preparation project. [note:  Mac Hall could be a good person to do a short interview]

Clayton Small's Native P.R.I.D.E. Project


“P.R.I.D.E.” or “Prevention, Research, Intervention, Development, Education” is a program designed to assist individuals, families, communities, and organizations utilize their strengths, culture, and humor to overcome challenges and live “The Good Road of Life.”  They have a program to train trainers to teach their curriculum, or for direct services for individuals and families.  Their project “H.O.P.E.” or “Helping Our People Endure” focuses on suicide prevention by bringing in cultural awareness, values and humor.  Included on this website is a short video that highlights how the program works with a tribe and youth to incorporate cultural awareness in addresses social issues and other dysfunctional and destructive behaviors.  

Native Youth Leadership Alliance


The Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA) is a multi-year fellowship program that provides culturally based training, resources, and a community of support; to help young Native leaders create positive change in their communities.  NYLA  was founded in July 2009 by  a core group of Tribal College students and Elders to create a Native-led organization rooted in indigenous approaches to leadership and community building for young adults.  The program encompasses many different issues, from leadership, health, community healing, youth development and organizing.

Native Youth Leadership Alliance:


This Resource addresses Two-Spirit/LGBTQ empowerment and provides information from conferences that support these issues.  The NYLA fellowship provides ongoing mentorship and leadership coaching, a nationwide network of young leaders from diverse Tribal communities, elder mentors, local and national retreats, skill building and network building opportunities across both Native and non-Native communities. 

Wica Agli


Wica Agli is an organization aimed at reclaiming our traditional understandings of masculinity and sharing them with the men and boys in Native communities. The Wica Agli program focuses on youth mentoring in the schools and in and around our Native communities.  Wica Agli believes that attention needs to be directed toward our young men and boys so that they will grow up with the benefit of knowing how to be healthy, productive and nonviolent men. 

Indian Law Resource Center


Four Individuals define Native Love Video

1.     http://stawww.indianlaw.org/node/1020  -- Raelyn Rodriquez—Rincon Band

Treat women as you would want to treat your mothers and sisters.  Her hope for young people in her community is that they support each other despite individual differences. “Rather than being in competition or belittling one another or looking at different people as bad, we can help empower and encourage one another to find our self worth, our roles, our purpose in life.”

2.     http://indianlaw.org/node/1010 -- Jalisa Ross--Creek, Cherokee and Otoe-Missouri

Walking with grace, humility and walking with someone else.  “Prayers will see us through.”

3.     http://indianlaw.org/node/1003 -- Justin Secakuku, Hopi from Shugopavi, Arizona

Native love is respect.  While the traditional roles and duties of men and woman may differ from one tribe to another, Native women should be treated with utmost respect, he says, “because they are the life of your family and your people and your culture, and because they carry on the family name.”

Love Is Respect.org: 


This website has a wealth of resources that can be used for coalitions, youth, schools, parents, etc.  There are downloadable materials from palm cards, posters, bookmarks, fact sheets about a variety of topics that include information about healthy relationships, abusive relationships, how to get a protection order, sexting, LGBTQ community issues and many other resources.  In addition, it has an online Chat option, information about calling or texting for help as well as services for material En Espanol. 

Kids Health. Org:  All Tweens


Educational website that provides information for kids about health questions common to this age.  Many of the issues discussed can be used for resource guides combined with native resources to personalize the information. 

We R Native:  Tweens:


Puberty can be a confusing time for both girls and boys.  This resource provides information about puberty for boys and girls from AI/AN kids. 

All Teens:


Educational website that provides information for teens about health questions common to this age. Many of the issues discussed can be used for resource guides combined with native resources to personalize the information. 

Teen Source. Org


Provides general information for teens about sexual health, health rights, blogs and topical issues of interest to youth. 

We R Native: Native Teens


This website provides a variety of resources for physical and sexual health issue for Native teens common to this age group, including physical health, social challenges such as alcohol abuse/use and other issues, with a focus on using Native values. 

Native Youth Sexual Health Network


The Native Youth Sexual Health Network:  A resource for and by youth.   This comprehensive website provides a twitter section for positive comments of important issues to teens and youth for both the United States and Canada.   Their message and organization of the website is to provide a sovereignty based and culturally strong awareness to issues of interest or challenging to youth.  This website can also be used for programs, coalitions and schools for training.  For example, included is a two-part sexual health toolkit designed for First Nations youth (Canadian), but could be used or modified easily for United States AI/AN. 

Provides community/group/school/ organization workshops, teach-ins, presentations, curriculum and resource creation, as well as long-term collaborative projects.  They also provide media arts justice work including short films and videos, diverse arts-based responses, media campaigns, memes, and other resources. 


Women:  Center for Young Women’s Health


The website has a variety of useful information to address issues that young women may encounter during college from information about sexual health, relationships—healthy or abusive--and getting healthcare. 

Safe Sex 101 Toolkit for college:


Provides information about how to put together safe sex awareness campaigns, guides and resources for campuses. 

Men: Living the College Life


Designed for youth, provides brief information/articles for young men to develop healthy relationships, key issues, and resources for dating and relationship building. 

So it Must Be True:  Health, Lifestyle, Pop Culture and Beyond!


Designed for youth, and while a general website for college life, it does talk about relationship and safe sex issues.  Provides 15 tips for developing a healthy relationship during college.

University of Texas Voices against Violence and Building a Healthy Relationship


Designed for the youth.  Voices Against Violence:  Provides tips on healthy relationships, how to build them and stay away from violence in relationships.  Resources include other resources for college aged individuals.  While this website is specific to University of Texas, many of the resources can be used for any college and give ideas of where to find resources, what things mean, etc. 

Science of Relationships


This is an article that can be used for college orientations.  Native Colleges could use this article along with other Native specific resources that provide a native focus. 

LGBTQ Considerations:

Love is Respect.Org


Many LGBTQ youth face obstacles that heterosexual couples don’t.   As LGBTQ youth, it can be much harder to report abuse if they identify as LGBTQ.  This page discusses why these youth face challenges including not being entirely comfortable talking about their sexual orientation/identity, to finding supportive helping agencies such as police or educators.  LGBTQ youth may feel isolated and this resource provides a gateway into other information that may help the youth feel less alone. Website geared towards youth.

Native American LGBTQ/Two-Spirit educational resources, multimedia, and news http://nativeout.com

This website is rich with information about topical, mental and sexual health issues related to LGBTQ and Two-Spirt individuals.  The website includes a two-spirit resource directory with links to a variety of issues. 

Indian Health Services


IHS met on LGBTQ issues health issues, which included Native Youthconcerns included: resources for young people who want to self-identify but face stigma and discrimination, wide availability of public service announcements that include LGBT voices/ faces, and year-round or routine ways to include youth voices in agency- wide planning.

Native American Program at Oregon Legal Services, The Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Lewis and Clark and the Western States Center


Tribal equity tool kit that provides resource material, including resolutions and tribal codes to provide marriage equality in Indian Country. This Guide is intended to give tribal legislators a brief overview of legal issues that impact the equal treatment of Two Spirit or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. The Guide identifies areas in which existing laws may discriminate against LGBT individuals, and provides sample resolution and code language for tribal lawmakers to consider adopting to maximize LGBT equality within their communities. Commentary to the draft language is also provided to address some of the policy issues that tribal legislators should consider when developing or revising tribal laws to promote LGBT justice.

Urban Native Youth Association BC


This report talks about the mental health issues of Natives in general and the specific struggles of two-spirit youth. Included in the report is an appendix with useful findings.  This report is designed to help individuals as well as professionals working with two spirit individuals.  

Native Wellness Institute


Training:  This three-day certification training is intended for Head Start, ICW, TANF, Domestic violence, Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage, Social and Education Services, Tribal Health, Youth Programs, and others interested in providing healthy relationship education in their communities.

PowerPoint Presentation on Healthy Relationship Curriculum

We R Native


Healthy relationships and dating:  This resource provides short informational sheets, video clips or general information about different aspects of dating and relationships, including discussion about abusive relationships, how relationships can be confusing, etc. 

Native American Women’s Health Resource Center


Friends, families, tribes, schools, and society overall often ignore dating violence and the broader issues of lifelong trauma associated with it.  Young women are not taught about dating violence and date rape until it is too late. The problem is nearly always addressed only after it occurs, instead of preventing it before it happens. This curriculum is available for a nominal fee ($10).  In addition, resources on topical issues around domestic and dating violence.

Love is Not Abuse


Teen dating violence and prevention curriculum. This comprehensive curriculum provides, posters, role playing skits, lesson plans and suggestions for how to approach this issue comprehensively for a high school population. 

Teen Dating Violence:  A Resource and Dating Toolkit


A resource guide that can be used for coalitions, parents or teens.  Provides comprehensive information and facts about all aspects of Teen Dating Violence. 

T.E.A.R Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships


T.E.A.R. is based out of New Jersey, provides curriculum to address Teen Dating Violence.


Two Spirit Youth Speak Out!


This is a resource created by the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) in Vancouver, British Columbia with a needs assessment of Two Spirit youth throughout BC through survey results and associated projects and outreach.

Migration Within Canada: 2 Spirit and Trans Youth


This resource provides research findings after many individual interviews, which are produced into 6 fact sheets from a study done with Two-Spirit and Trans youth 18 to 25 across Canada who had moved to Toronto. 

What is Native Love:  Video


Native love means respect for everything in Gwich’in language and tradition, according to Sarah James, a member of the board of directors of Gwich’in Council International, and a resident of Arctic Village, Alaska.  Native Love is by what you do, not what you say—respect.

Poster, FB Banner depictions of Native Love

Alaska Native Health Consortium – teen dating violence in villages—MULTIPLE RESOURCES TO BE USED TOGETHER OR ON OWN


Teen Safety Card:


Youth:  Healthy Relationships role playing shorts:


Several YouTube Shorts that provide role playing skits for conversations between different relationship such as BF/GF, GF/GF, BF/BF and parent/child about different relationship issues, sexting and other issues. 

Toolkit mid-way down page


This toolkit is for anyone (elders, youth peer educators, teachers, nurses, health aides, parents, etc.) who wants to work with youth to support them to have safe and healthy relationships.   All of the materials here – the PowerPoint presentation (based on the Getting Together card) with extensive notes to help presenters, the resource list, the 11 short videos featuring Alaska Native youth, and the scripts so communities can make their own skits – are provided so that young people in every community can have safe spaces to learn about and discuss vital issues like healthy and unhealthy relationships, consent and assault, what our rights are, how to help a friend, and how to get help. The “Guide” below is a step-by-step guide to help you get started using this toolkit.

Youth Healthy Relationships Community Toolkit: Resource List


Step by Step Guide for using the ATHC Healthy Youth Relationships Community Toolkit:




The Facts about Teens and Tweens, and Dating violence- Futures without Violence:  Fact Sheet (2 pp)


Statistics Sheet:  People between 12 and 19 experience the highest amount of rape and sexual assault. This document talks about prevalence among tweens, teens and how sexual abuse, rape and physical abuse impacts this age group, signs for parents and educators.

Teen Dating Violence: Fact Sheet CDC (2 pp)


This document provides basic facts for the teen to understand what dating violence is, who is at risk of becoming a victim, prevention tools and where to get more information.

Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens: National Council on Crimes and Delinquency (8pp):  http://www.nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/focus-dating-violence.pdf

Provides information about the problem, the prevalence among some minority teen populations (not AI/AN), graphs and charts to demonstrate differences among ages, populations and related social issues as a result of the abuse.  Resource provides recommendations.  Document is geared towards social service, educators to provide general information.

Dating Violence Among Adolescents (3 pp)

by Smita Varia, Advocates for Youth (November 2006)


Dating Violence Includes Psychological, Physical and Sexual Abuse, Dating Violence in Same Sex Relationships, Correlation Between Dating Violence and Sexual Risk and Many Young People Remain Silent About Dating Violence.  Provides support for prevention programs and suggests health care officials should screen for abuse. 

Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships (7 pp.) 
by Carrie Mulford and Peggy Giordano, National Institute of Justice (2008)


Discusses teen dating violence and the similarities and differences to adult domestic violence.  Provides ideas and resources for addressing this issue.  

Native Youth Sexual Health Network


Issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada. 

Advocates for Youth by Emily Bridges, MLS

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/storage/advfy/documents/fsnative.pdf  or


Sexually transmitted disease:  Fact sheet about minority health issues.  AI/AN experience higher than average rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease.  Get the facts and resources.

Hawai’i Youth Focus on on Sexual and Reproductive Health by Emily Bridges, MLS


Discusses issues unique to Hawaiian youth and their reproductive health. 

We R Native:


Discusses health issues, birth control, sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy and abuse and sexual assault.  Designed for the individual as well as for tribal coalitions and individual programs. 

Native Women’s Association of Canada


TIPI Dreams: Transforming Indigenous Power Inside Out is an interactive popular education HIV prevention tool intended to assist users in planning and delivering community sessions with at-risk Aboriginal women/girls. It can be utilized as an overall training guide to promote HIV prevention awareness.

Native “STAND” Against Negative Decision


Native STAND is a peer education curriculum for healthy decision making for Native youth. It is based on STAND--Students Together Against Negative Decisions, a curriculum that was developed for rural youth in the southern United States.  Native STAND was developed by a workgroup of leaders in the areas of reproductive health, sexually transmitted disease (STD), HIV/AIDS, youth development, curriculum development, evaluation, and Native American health issues. The workgroup included a Native elder, Native youth, and representatives from the National Coalition of STD Directors, the Indian Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Mercer University School of Medicine.  On the website are a number of videos discussing issues of healthy relationships, teen pregnancy and parenting and related issues.   

Portland Area Indian Health Board: Project THRIVE


“Tribal Health Reaching Out Involves Everyone” or THRIVE serves the 43 federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington with the goal to reduce suicide rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the Pacific Northwest by increasing tribal capacity to prevent suicide and by improving regional collaborations.  Provides tribal action plans, funding opportunities, data and statistics, prevention and media resources and related information. 

United Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Reproductive Rights


Provides information about a meeting held in 2013 on these issues and provides links to other resources.   

Native Pride: Suicide Prevention


Native H.O.P.E. offers peer-counseling (youth helping youth) curriculum that focuses on suicide prevention and the related risk-factors such as substance abuse, violence, trauma, and depression. 

We R Native:


A page is devoted to issues around suicide prevention whether electronically or otherwise.  Included is a short video about real life issues and how to help people who may be suffering.  Included on this page are resources for Facebook contacts for suicide posts.


To encourage youth to identify when someone posts a concerning message on Facebook. 


The Circle:  Native American News and Arts. Local Artist Creates Mural at Red Lake High School: Suicide Prevention Focuses on Youth Bullying posts.


Article about creative solutions in Indian Country to address the epidemic of teen suicide.  Included are statistics and resources for promising practices. 

The Trevor Project


Crisis intervention and suicide prevention and intervention services for LGBTQ teens.  Text and Chat resources available, as well as blogs, resources and other sources.  

Frontline Video (PBS)


A short video that discusses the tragic circumstances around a boy being bullied on line, who eventually committed suicide.  The parents talk about how after the fact, they learned too late of the pitfalls of teens having unsupervised internet access.  Discussion about the impact of rumors, and harsh words and the unmeasured impact that words have on youth, going through puberty or early dating. 

Bullying Statistics


This website, Bullying Statistics, refers to Internet bullying. Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. Bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. By being more aware of cyber bullying, teens and adults can help to fight it.  Cyber bullying affects many adolescents and teens on a daily basis. Cyber bullying involves using technology, like cell phones and the Internet, to bully or harass another person.  This website provides information for parents, caregivers, youth and others who have questions about bullying where to get help and other resources 

Growing up online:  PBS


Resources for parents, including a “Parent Guide,” resources for educators and lesson plans for addressing teens and use of the internet on a wide variety of sources and topics, from profiles, predators, cyber bullying and other related topics. 

Internet Safety 101:  Enough is Enough


Included on this website are a variety of resources on 21st century issues:  Cyber bullying, sexting, online predators and other topics. In addition are statistics around these issues, with additional resources for the findings.  Several video vignettes are found on a variety of topics:  http://enough.org/resource_center some of the resources are from educators, resource providers and teens experiencing the issues.  Contained within the Blog are a discussion about how using shared Wi-Fi in a coffee shop or fast food restaurant could subject a teen to danger.

Cyber Bullying Research Center:  Statistics


Provides a variety of resources and training presentations for educators and teens, blogs, books, research findings and other useful resources.  

Reputationdefender.com:  How To Prevent Teenagers From Sexting And Protect Them From Other Teens Who Do


Discussion about the social pressures and realities of sexting among teens.  Provides discussion about who and why sexting is so common and how to address the issue at home. Contained within the page are links to other resources to gain further knowledge.

Sexting and texting, What Parents Need to Know:


Sexting and Texting from a public health perspective and the negative consequences to youth.  

Teen Sexting by Mark Theoharis


Discussion about different legal aspects of sexting with some examples of how different states treat sexting from a sending to a receiving aspect.  

South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence


SDCEDSV created a magazine for youth called Spark, which is youth driven and written.   They also have teen dating violence focused materials.

The Atayapi Program


The Atayapi program in Rapid City has a model program for our youth and work with them everyday on healthy- culturally intact behaviors from dating, treating women and elders, respect for each other, etc.

Fort Robinson Spiritual Run


The Fort Robinson Spiritual Run has become a venue for addressing historical trauma, wellness and empowerment.    Originally this run was to commemorate the ancestors with the 400 mile run has now grown to culture camps and to youth empowerment programs.   

Cankú Lúta, Red Road, Inc.


An organized run, the event honors a tragic chapter in Northern Cheyenne history. Forced into containment in Oklahoma, the Northern Cheyenne suffered sickness, starvation, and burning desire to return to their homeland.  This event brings awareness to this tragic time in history.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Defending Childhood Initiative


Information and resources for Rosebud Sioux Tribe resources portal about children exposed to violence, the impact, resources, etc.  On the home page are a couple of videos that discuss the issues and ideas for addressing the issues.  

Youth.Gov: http://youth.gov/youth-topics/teen-dating-violence

Love Is Respect Org:  http://www.loveisrespect.org

NIWRC NativeLove: http://nativelove.niwrc.org/nativelove-youth/

We R Native: http://www.wernative.org/

Native Youth Sexual Health Network: http://www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

National Indian Youth Leadership Project: http://www.niylp.org

Break the Cycle:  http://www.breakthecycle.org

Native Pride: http://www.nativeprideus.org

NCAI, Native Youth Initiative: http://www.ncai.org/native-youth

The Inspire Program: http://inspire.naplp.gwu.edu

Native Out-Two Spirit Resource Center: http://nativeout.com/twospirit-rc/

Native Stand: http://www.nativestand.com

Native Wellness Institute:  http://www.nativewellness.com/healthy-relationships.html

Center for Native American Youth: http://www.cnay.org

NVision: http://www.nvisionit.org

Rural American Initiatives: http://www.ruralamericainitiatives.org/#!ateyapi-teens/c1gbx

Toronto ON:  https://www.facebook.com/NativeYouthResourceCentre/

Non-native resources

The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org

Futures Without Violence:  http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org

Expect Respect:  http://www.expectrespectaustin.org

Bullying Statistics: http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html

Campus:  Under VAWA, colleges and universities are required to:


Report domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, beyond crime categories the Clery Act already mandates; Adopt certain student discipline procedures, such as for notifying purported victims of their rights; and adopt certain institutional policies to address and prevent campus sexual violence, such as to train in particular respects pertinent institutional personnel. 

Youth.Gov: http://youth.gov/youth-topics/teen-dating-violence

Hotlines or Online Helplines/Blogs:  If you are endanger call 911. Never hesitate to call any of these numbers if you need some help.

National Hotlines- Toll Free. Confidential. 24/7.

LoveIsRespect.org National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:  1-866-331-9474

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

National Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

National Sexual Assault Hotline:1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Center for Victims of Crime:  1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255) Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:30pm ET

National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Dating Abuse Hotline:  1-800-799-7233   1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

loveisrespect: 1-866-331-9474, chat at loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522, any time, 24/7/365.

National Center on Domestic Violence: 866-USWOMEN or 866- 879-6636

Center for Safe Youth: (888) 677-SAFE

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

http://www.ncdsv.org/ncd_linkshotlines.html contains other national resources.



Provides teachers with information about history, safety issues, what schools can do to support individuals and personal stories about two-spirit individuals.  


Dater's Bill of Rights by the National Crime Prevention Council (Contact for Permission)

Clothesline project:  http://www.clotheslineproject.org/Dating_Bill_of_Rights.htm

Respect: http://respect2all.org/teen-dating-bill-of-rights/

University of Washington: https://depts.washington.edu/hcsats/PDF/factsheets/datingbillofrights.pdf

LGBTQ: https://lgbt.wisc.edu/documents/LGBTCC-Dating_bill_of_rights.pdf

Curriculum for Native Bill of rights (p4):  http://www.nativestand.com/FM/FM_20.pdf

Two Spirit Directory: National Confederacy of Two-Spirit Organizations and NorthEast Two-Spirit Society with the generous support of the Stonewall Community Foundation


Contains contacts for two-spirit organizations for the United States and Canada.  In addition, numerous training resources, toolkits and curriculum links are contained within for schools, tribal coalitions, individuals, and other uses.   Also, included a list of books and films about two-spirit individuals.  A wealth of resources.  

Futures Without Violence: School and District Policies to Increase Student Safety and Improve School Climate: Promoting Healthy Relationships and Preventing Teen Dating Violence (58 pp).


This resource guide provides information to schools about creating policies for safe schools and to help youth learn about healthy relationships and teen dating violence. 

Girls Scout Research Institute:  Feeling Safe, What Girls Say


Discussions about what safety means and how to feel safe.  Within these broad topics include conversations about emotional and physical health, what feels safe, feeling unsafe and what to do, alcohol and drugs and other topics.

Native Love Launch

Webinar Recording: http://www.niwrc.org/resources/nativelove-launch

Slides: http://www.niwrc.org/sites/default/files/documents/Resources/nativelove_webinar_february_11_2015.pdf

The Native Love webinar is the inception and announcement of an exciting 8-month project [sponsored by Verizon] to enhance youth voices of what Native Love means to them. Launching during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Native Love campaign hopes to galvanize our Native youth and lend volume to their voices in recognizing sacred and healthy relationships by engaging them in a positive way with interactive contests joined by Native celebrity champions and role models. The webinar will describe the project, provide a toolkit for educators including an outline on healthy relationships for native youth, describe promotional materials and provide important tools and resources for Native youth within your tribal nation/community/village including details about contests for youth participation. What does Native Love mean to you?


Native Teens Meeting Them Where They Are and Promoting Leadership

Webinar Recording:  https://youtu.be/G78GxIb8DjU

This webinar will focus on efforts to engage Native youth in becoming part of the solution to ending violence in their communities. There are many different promising practices taking place across the United States that work to galvanize Native youth action and create change to help end violence and restore safety to Native women, children, and communities. This webinar will highlight some of these programs and campaigns.


NativeLove Project

Webinar Recording: http://www.niwrc.org/resources/native-love-project

  Handout PPT NativeLove Webinar Feb 29 2016.pdf

          NIWRC TDVAM-Toolkit.pdf

          NativeLove Project FAQs.pdf

The NIWRC Native Love youth project tunes into the voices of youth to hear what NativeLove means to them and how it can inform our work as advocates. NativeLove is re-launching during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2016, with media campaigns, tribal school visits, community events, toolkits, building and sharing new resources, how to promote youth leadership, and information about the NativeLove youth ambassadorship. NativeLove hopes to galvanize Native youth and lend volume to their voices in recognizing healthy relationships by engaging them in a positive way with interactive opportunities for youth-to-youth-to-community relationship building.

This webinar will describe the project, provide links to growing toolkits for educators and youth advocates, toolkits and resources for youth/teen/college-age students for healthy relationship living; describe promotional materials and share how we connect to youth through media technology; share important learnings from Native youth about their value of weaving old and new traditions for adults who are supporting youth in tribal nation/community/villages; and what is successful and comfortable youth participation. What does Native Love mean to youth? How do we support healthy NativeLove? Let’s visit about it.

The NativeLove Top Winner is Kristen Butcher from Cahuilla Nation! Kristen is Lakota of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an enrolled member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Nation in Thermal, California. Faith Morreo, Kristen’s mother shared:

“She (Kristen) serves on her Tribal Youth Council of Torres Martinez. Kristen is a champion teen jingle dress dancer as well and believes in keeping her traditions and culture alive! She is learning to speak fluent Desert Cahuilla, as taught by her grandmother, Christina Morreo. She also is a champion teen bird dancer, of our region in Southern California. We are so pleased to hear the great news that she won the NativeLove Challenge!”


Stones in the Backpack: The Burden of Teen Trafficking in Alaska

            Video: http://www.niwrc.org/resources/stones-backpack-burden-teen-trafficking-alaska

This is a five-part Channel 2 series on teen prostitution and its toll in Alaska. In this video, reporter Rhonda McBride takes a look at what Alaskans can do to stop this epidemic of exploitation.


Teen Dating Violence: Working in Indian Communities, with Zuni Team and Rosebud Team

Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/kXv7zRWGX_8

Teen Dating Violence: Working in Indian Communities, with Zuni Team and Rosebud Team, and moderated by Gwen Packard, NIWRC Program Specialist. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Join us this month for a special presentation from members of the Zuni Pueblo and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to learn more about the work they are doing with their youth in addressing teen dating violence issues.


Advocacy Efforts to End Teen Dating Violence

Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/Sfa30dseyFg

Learn about how some tribal communities are working with their Native youth to develop and design advocacy services and prevention programming to respond to teen dating violence.