Published April 23, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) has received $250,000 in competitive grants from Verizon Wireless HopeLine, a Pueblo of Pojoaque foundation and two national organizations to help break the cycle of violence among Native Americans in New Mexico.
The funding will provide general operating support and aid in further building and strengthening the Coalition’s youth programs. CSVANW hired its first youth coordinator in June 2016 to specifically focus on violence prevention and intervention programs among Native youth. Seventy five percent of youth who witness violence in their homes are more likely to become a future victim of violence or a perpetrator.
“As a leader, my job is not only to translate our organizational vision into reality but to create conditions for others to rise and thrive,” CSVANW Executive Director Deleana OtherBull said. “At a time where philanthropic giving is at an all-time low and overall giving to Native American causes across the nation is 0.3 percent of total giving, national foundations are soliciting CSVANW for the first time in its 20-year history because of our regional mobilization and youth programs that teach advocacy, leadership and, most importantly, empowerment.”
The granting foundations include:
Besides coordinating the annual Native Youth Summit to help youth victims of violence develop coping and leadership skills, CSVANW Native Youth Coordinator Keioshiah Peter (Diné) organizes programs to help students, schools, tribes and parents have conversations about violence prevention and health relationships, such as the #LetsTacoBoutIt, an after school discussion series with tacos, or the Young Indigenous Femme’s Retreat, an inaugural LGBTQ youth conference being held in Santa Fe on April 21-22, 2017. Peter also utilizes social media and develops material to reach and support youth in creative ways in her educational outreach.
In addition to receiving grant funding, OtherBull has been named 2017 Albuquerque Young Professional Business Woman of the Year by the Professional Business Women Association of New Mexico Albuquerque Chapter.
The award goes to women who exemplify the nonprofit organization’s focus issues, such as domestic violence awareness, education and workplace equity; assistance to others in the advancement of their own careers; and guidance to youth and young professionals.
OtherBull became CSVANW executive director in 2014 after working as a programs officer with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Since joining the Coalition, OtherBull has expanded its membership, increased staffing- including adding a focus on youth violence and sex trafficking intervention, and has increased the organization’s general operating budget by more than 68% percent.
OtherBull, who was one of four women competing in Albuquerque, will compete with winners of the Professional Business Women chapters of Raton and Santa Fe at the statewide Professional Business Women of New Mexico conference on April 22.
On April 19, 2017, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council and its leadership recognized and honored the Coalition for its outstanding work and contributions in building broader community awareness to child sexual abuse and violence prevention; and for its integrity and passion for the work of stopping violence.