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Indigenous Youth Speak Out November 2015

Cover of the Indigenous youth Speak Out November 2015 Report

"Indigenous Youth Speak Out" was release in November 2015, and a project conducted by the Native American Community Board in Lake Andes, SD.

Our youth face issues of parental neglect, drug abuse, sex trafficking, suicide, the school to prison pipeline and policy issues of dual jurisdictions, corporate encroachment, and the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, which does not provide Native Americans the same civil rights protections that all other American citizens have. A pdf format of the report can be found at:  www.nativeshop.org/images/pdf/2015-11-indigenous-youth-speak-out.pdf

 

What to do when you are raped graphic novel released

What to do when you're RAPED: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls Cover.The Native American Community Board in Lake Andes, South Dakota has released a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Lucy Bonner entitled 'What to do when you're RAPED: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls' (a pdf version can be viewed here)

 (An order form can be viewed here)

Go Fund Me Campaign

The Resource Center has kicked off its first Gofundme campaign at the begining of November 2015. Please visit the page and donate if you can, and share the page on social media. To see the campaign just visit- https://www.gofundme.com/c97zp2q4

Pressure to Offer Services Consistently at Indian Health Services Continues to Grow

US Senator Barbara Boxer from California and five other US Senators have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell requesting progress to improve access to emergency contraception at Indian Health Services Facilities. Read the letter in full that is included in Senator Boxer's Press Release at:  www.boxer.senate.gov/press/release/boxer-colleagues-urge-hhs-secretary-sylvia-burwell-to-improve-access-to-emergency-contraception-at-indian-health-services-facilities

The Lack of Access to Emergency Contraception Continues

“The lack of access to emergency contraception for Native American women
constitutes a Human Rights Violation – Failing Grades Outlined in I.H.S. Report
Card!"
The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) has been
applying pressure on the Indian Health Service (I.H.S.) to provide emergency
contraceptives to Native American women to be in compliance with federal law – over the
counter- with no age restrictions. Plan B was FDA approved in 2006 for OTC use. In 2013,
the FDA removed all age restrictions on Plan B as an OTC contraceptive. Indian Health
Services has not been consistent with the provision of Plan B as an OTC and they are acting
without written policies; therefore, the IHS is in direct violation of the Federal Law.
In July 2014, NAWHERC once again surveyed a total of 69 Indian Health Service (IHS)
pharmacies located throughout the Albuquerque, Bemidji, Oklahoma, Navajo and South
Dakota Areas to assess the availability of Plan B as an Over- The-Counter (OTC)
contraceptive. These regions host the highest populations of Native Americans, providing
us a broad sample survey.

Read more: The Lack of Access to Emergency Contraception Continues

Aljazeera covers Plan B

Aljazeera America covers the morning-after pill, also known as the emergency contraceptive pill or EC, is a form of birth control intended to disrupt or delay ovulation and prevent a pregnancy when taken within five days after unprotected sex.

Read more: Aljazeera covers Plan B

The Failing State of Native American Women’s Health: Interview with Charon Asetoyer

Silence is a dangerous thing to fall victim to. Women living on American Indian reservations know this. To this day, the stories of Native American women often remain untold. Geographic isolation and racial segregation have created a world of silence around the problems these women face.

Limited access to health care is one of the most daunting of these problems, according to Charon Asetoyer, Founder and Executive Director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center. The Center is a grassroots women’s health institute on the Yankton Nakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Asetoyer spoke with the Center for American Progress this week about the failures of our federal government to keep women on reservations safe and healthy.

Read ArticleThe Failing State of Native American Women’s Health: Interview with Charon Asetoyer

Advocate for Social Change Is Honored

March 15, 2001

Charon Asetoyer was presented with the 2001 Wise Women Award in Washington D.C. on March 15, 2001, by The Center for Women Policy Studies. Charon, along with three other recipients were honored for their achievements in promoting social change for women.

Read more: Advocate for Social Change Is Honored

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