Celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th

Today is International Women’s Day! In honor of this day, we are lifting and celebrating Grandmother Christine Morreo, Tribal Elder of the Torres Martinez Tribe, Grandmother to NativeLove Youth Ambassador Kristen Butcher, and mother to Faith Morreo (mother who exemplifies supporting her daughter’s leadership and NativeLove). Through Christina’s NativeLove, her leadership, and guidance she has created space for the next generation to continue language learning and emerging youth peer-to-peer leadership. We thank all the women of the world who exemplify empowerment and preservation of Indigenous culture… and Healthy NativeLove! Women of the World, Happy International Women’s Day!

Take the NativeLove Youth Survey & Win!

Take the NativeLove Survey and enter for a chance win a gift card to thentvs.combeyondbuckskin.comnsrgnts.com, or any other Native-owned business. The first prize winner will be awarded $250 with a $50 award for our second-place winner to be used at sistersky.com. We hope that you will help the NativeLove team and our important work with the youth by sharing your voice!



LISTEN: NativeLove speaks to Native American Calling on Safe Teen Dating for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Social media and dating apps are among the places teens go to find love and companionship. Occasionally puppy love turns unhealthy or even abusive. It can be hard for parents to track. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. We’re talking about healthy dating for young people and how parents can talk to their children about it. What tips do you give to your teens about dating? Listen to the show at:http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/wednesday-february-14-2018-safe-teen-dating/

Kristen Butcher (enrolled in the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians and Lakota Sioux – NativeLove youth ambassador

Rebecca Balog (Oglala, Mohawk and Lautari) – National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center grant manager and NativeLove team leader

Tanae Le Claire (Yankton Sioux) – 2017 NativeLove challenge winner


Pictured: Jeremy Renner, Jacqueline “Jax” Agtuca (center) and, Kristen Butcher.

Kristen Butcher, NativeLove Youth Ambassador, mingles with the cast and crew of Wind River at LA party

“It was so inspiring to meet Taylor Sheridan, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. They are supporting us to end violence against Native women.—Kristen Butcher, NativeLove Youth Ambassador 2017. NativeLove Youth Ambassador Kristen Butcher, Faith Morreo and Jax Agtuca at Wind River soirée supporting and raising awareness of Murdered and Missing Women and Girls! #NativeLoveIs Art Raising Awareness #WindRiver #NIWRC

NativeLove is excited to announce our 2017 Challenge Winner Tanae Le Claire!

Read more in our ‘News’ section: http://nativelove.niwrc.org/news/




The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) will be hosting the Women Are Sacred (WAS) Conference at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque on June 26-28, 2018. The Women Are Sacred Conference is one of the oldest and largest gatherings of advocates, survivors, tribal domestic and sexual violence programs, tribal community members, tribal leadership, law enforcement and tribal court personnel dedicated to ending violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and children. WAS offers state of the art training opportunities designed to increase the capacity of tribal nations, tribal domestic violence and community-based programs to address violence in tribal communities. Conference presenters include emerging Indigenous leaders and experts in the movement to ending violence.

Registration is now open!

MAIN PAGE: http://www.niwrc.org/was


Verizon has partnered with NIWRC to raise awareness and help end violence against Native youth by empowering them to redefine Native Love. Those of us in Native communities often hear jokes about “Indian loving” as waking up with a hickey and black eye- that’s not love, that’s dating violence. Our NativeLove project encourages Native youth to think about what Native Love really is, so we can create change in our thinking and restore safety to our communities by restoring our traditional ways of loving, characterized by respect, honor, kindness, family and compassion.

Our NativeLove project includes a youth video/photo challenge, posters, social media campaigns, FAQs, and teen resources and toolkits. These are offered to support and inform youth and educators about healthy relationship and to encourage dialogue in Native communities.

For more information, contact:
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
PO Box 99
Lame Deer, MT 59043

A special thanks to Verizon Hopeline for funding our NativeLove Youth project and for their ongoing support in promoting healthy relationships for Native youth.
We also want to thank the Indian Law Resource Center and Buffalo Nickel Creative for helping to develop the NativeLove videos on this page.

Request a training or site visit by emailing nativelove@niwrc.org