The Senate is currently working to finalize the third minibus appropriation bill, H.R. 6157, legislation that combines fiscal 2019 spending measures for defense, labor, health & human services, and education. The bill includes $1.5 billion to combat the opioid epidemic (read more)
Our Bodies, Our Stories: Sexual Violence Among Native Women in Seattle, WA A report was recently released by Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) finding alarmingly high rates of sexual violence against predominantly homeless or low-income Native women in Seattle, WA. The report highlights first-of-its-kind data around behavioral health and historical trauma as it relates to sexual violence against Native women who live in urban areas. Alarmingly, 94% of the women who participated in the survey experienced rape or coercion in their lifetime, and of those victims, 42% had attempted suicide at some point thereafter. The survey was conducted in 2010 with 148 Native women who, at the time, were 18 years of age or older, resided in Seattle, and self-identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.
This month First Peoples Fund and partners Lakota Funds and Artspace broke ground on Oglala Lakota Artspace, an 8,500-square-foot Native arts and cultural center on the Pine Ridge Reservation. (read more)