Organizing Native Men and Youth in Native Communities
NAMEN is proud to present this two part webinar
April 7th & 8th, 2021
See video posted below
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This is why we are here: to remind our brothers that there are better ways to resolve conflict and bring about healing by reclaiming and using our traditional teachings to heal our community one man at a time.
This presentation will focus on ways communities are using indigenous tools to educate about the traditional roles of men in our communities that once that helped maintain balance, safety, and harmony to bring about change in addressing domestic and sexual violence.
2-4 pm ET Wednesday, April 7, 2021
(11am PT, 12n MT, 1pm CT)
Description: In Native Communities we have issues unique to each community and issues common to all. This panel will give an overview of native specific cultural approaches to engaging men and youth from different communities and they demonstrate how they went about organizing, skill and capacity building within their respective communities. This presentation is intended for those doing awareness and outreach activities, community organizers, community members, and those working with men who desire native specific tools or ideas for developing an engaging men project in their community.
Description: As we build the movement of engaging men and youth, we are also building our tools to increase our outreach, awareness and education efforts. We need to target youth and non-violence men and build their capacity and understanding on historical trauma, childhood sexual abuse, and societal messages that contribute to men perpetrating domestic violence and sexual assault. This presentation is intended for those doing awareness and outreach activities, community organizers, community members, and those working with men who desire native specific tools or ideas for developing an engaging men project in their community.
Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell has worked in the field of domestic violence since 1994 on issues affecting children who have experienced domestic violence, supervised visitation, batterer’s intervention, and providing training and education. He worked for four years coordinating the Duluth Family Visitation Center serving families with a history of domestic violence and dealing with visits and exchanges of children between parents. Jeremy also worked for four years as the Children’s Program Coordinator at Women’s Transitional Housing Coalition in Duluth, Minnesota, providing activities and groups for children who have witnessed violence. He joined the staff of Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project in 1998, a national program to assist American Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages to develop responses to violence against Indian women through training and technical assistance. He has held various titles with Mending the Sacred Hoop from team leader, program coordinator, co-director, and is currently the Training and Resources Director. He was faculty for the IHS-ACF Health Domestic Violence Project for its duration: 2002-2009. This project worked with more than 100 Indian, Tribal and Urban health care facilities as well as domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs across the United States to improve the health care responses to domestic violence. From 2017 - 2019 he served on the Men of Color as Crime Victims Expert Working Group for the OVC National Resource Center for Reaching Victims. In 2015 he began working with Wica Agli and in March of 2019 assumed the position of Director of the National Native Coalition of Men’s Programs. He has conducted groups with teenage boys and girls on domestic violence, facilitated groups for Native men who have battered, been an advocate for male victims, developed curricula for engaging men in violence prevention, and organized community education events. Jeremy has been a speaker and consultant for many national, state, and local programs on youth issues, community education, working with men, and worked on public policy reform. He remains involved with community groups and local educational efforts to raise awareness engage and promote non-violent lifestyles for men.
Johon Echohawk Atkinson is the founder of Liwaayda a nonprofit which focuses on using traditional lifestyles and canoes to strengthen and heal youth and adults. He has been deeply involved with the young people throughout Alaska for ten years participating and speaking at various gatherings and youth conferences where he teaches everyone to honor their heritage as stewards to the land, water people and culture. Recently started a traditional carving class and support group for the men in his village Johon’s vision is to use a traditional and cultural approach to help our communities strengthen and reclaim their identity so everything we do makes our ancestors proud.
Greg Grey Cloud is cofounder of Wica Agli, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, and has been actively involved in domestic violence education awareness for the past 6 years. He currently sits as an advisor on Force. Force is a national organization that has brought men and women together developing safe spaces for victims and survivors of sexual assault to share their stories and create national conversations to create avenues to stop rape culture. Greg has been recognized for his activism and has received several environmental awards for his work and sit on the national climate leadership network. This group consists of 25 young men and women across the nation fighting to stop climate change as well as bring awareness of the intersections of DV/SA in extractive industries. Greg is a passionate grassroots activist who advocates for the protection of my nation’s women and children.
Karatoten “Pray” Lazore is Deer Clan from Akwesasne, Tsi snaiehne, and posseses a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a double minor in Native studies and anthropology. Karatoten is the father of 8 children with one more on the way. Their ages range from the oldest son who is 31, and the youngest twin boys who are going on 8. He has worked with the Partridge House for one year; and does cultural education and lectures on recovery from alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, abuse and overall well-being and healthy quality of life. He is most proud of his children and the example he can show them about how Kanienkehakeh people are traditionally meant to live. Free of all mind-altering substances. Karatoten is an example of how no matter what we are going through in our lives we can get through it. The experiences strengthen our resolve and character for creating a beautiful Healthy Living life for us and our families.
Harvey Herne Wat hat ka ha teni ne Ion kats, “He turned around” is his Indian name, Harvey Herne is his English Name. Growing up in a rural two-bedroom house with no running water or indoor plumbing he experienced many challenges from drug and alcohol addition, suicidal, and violent. After he had realized he became an man he detested, and an unreliable, untrustworthy and derelict of duties as a son, brother, father, and husband he entered a Native American run rehab center and was able to I was able to start the healing through self-awareness and address the roots for his feelings of low self-esteem, insecurity, low self-worth, abandonment, and fears. Harvey has now been working at the Partridge House for over 20 years, helping ground clients in traditional teachings and philosophies and healing through self-awareness: sharing his recovery experiences, struggles and hopes.
Raun "Moon" Mitchell, She:kon (Hello), Tesohkwen ni ionkats (He picks up everything) is my name. People call me Moon/Moonjabi. I am snipe clan from Akwesasne NY. I am proud Onkwehonwe, born and raised in Akwesasne my entire life. I am currently in sobriety. I now have three and half years on the red road. I started working with Standing the Tree Back Up/Saplings to Cedar in October 2018. I believe my life changed for the better when I found sobriety. I am very teachable and enjoy giving back. A goal I have is to help the Youth in prevention teachings, not to become an addict. I have White Bison training to facilitate Talking Circles. I also make myself available at any time day or night for the addict that still suffers. Love spreading the message of peace, power, and righteousness.