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Domestic violence (intimate partner violence) is attempting to gain and keep power and control over an intimate partner through a pattern of coercive and harmful behaviors. While it is impossible to predict what an abusive partner might do, in most abusive relationships the tactics of an abusive partner will escalate over time. This can make abuse seem normal and can happen in a way that a victim-survivor doesn’t notice as the abuse increases.  

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Victim-survivors can experience a variety of emotions, but one surprising feeling may be responsibility. While we know no one is to blame for the abuse they experience, many abusive tactics manipulate victims into feeling responsible for the abuse they endure. A victim-survivor experiences abusive tactics at the hands of their partner to get and keep power and control over them. As the victim lacks control in the relationship they can not be responsible for the abuse they endure. Read Michelle’s story below to learn how a sense of false responsibility can impact a victim-survivor. 

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We know domestic violence is never okay. At StrongHearts Native Helpline, we hear many callers try to explain or make excuses for abuse. A common excuse for abuse is alcohol; victim-survivors and abusive partners blame the abuse on using alcohol. While we know using alcohol can strain a relationship, it is not the cause of domestic violence. It is also not an excuse for abusive behavior. The example below walks through such a scenario. 

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Estate planning is an important tool for everyone—it helps you plan for future medical decisions, who will take care of your minor children, and how your assets will be distributed.   Estate planning can be especially important if you own an interest in tribal trust lands, which is governed by special rules.  

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Bead & Powwow Supply is an Anishinaabe-owned ecommerce company offering Czech seed beads, beading supplies, and other supplies needed for contemporary Indigenous art. Available items include Czech Seed Beads in sizes 10/0, 11/0, 12/0, 13/0 and 16/0, 3-cuts in sizes 9/0 and 12/0, 11/0 2-cuts, 13/0 and 15/0 Charlottes, rhinestone banding, sew-on crystals, Anishinaabe Bimishimo jingles, quilter’s quality 100% cotton fabrics, ribbon, beading needles and thread, other beading supplies, and more. 

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California has experienced many crises this past year. In each instance, tribal governments in California have stepped up to these crises by providing services and thoughtful solutions for citizens regardless if they are tribal members or not. 

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Earlier this year it was reported that few Native American tribes had enrolled in clinical trials related to the development of COVID-19 vaccines, citing reasons including concern stemming from unethical issues of the past as well as the fast pace of the studies, which need to be vetted for approval from tribes.

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AMERIND recommends that you take time to review your commercial policies and don’t just accept rate increases. Before your upcoming July 1 renewal date, AMERIND encourages all Tribal government and businesses to comparison shop and get quotes on property, liability, workers’ compensation and commercial auto policies. You could be saving your organization money on your commercial insurance coverage. It is worth your time to compare.

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The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will hold its biennial American Indian Elders Conference in Reno, Nevada for the first time in 39 years. The conference will take place August 1-6, 2021 at the Nugget Casino Resort