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May 5th – National MMIW Awareness Day

Join us virtually for a walk/run/bike/hike at any distance to help bring awareness to our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Men, Girls, Two-Spirited and Grieving Families. This virtual event is a race at your own pace and place. RISE has collaborated with the following Tribes and Domestic Violence Programs to help bring awareness to our missing & murdered relatives.

This virtual event is free and will happen May 3rd – May 5th. To register, you can use the scan app in the flyer or you can call RISE at (641) 484-9336. First 100 to register will receive at MMIW mask. All participants who register will be entered into a drawing in which 50 names will be drawn! Prizes vary between tribes.

Help us spread awareness by participating in this event by sharing a picture of you during your exercise and location on the Meskwaki RISE Facebook Page, Prairie Band Potawatomi Facebook Page, ICADV and Safe Passages Facebook Page. You can also share a picture on all other tribal website we have collaborated with. You can also text your picture to (641) 481-0334 and we will share it for you. Use the hashtag #BRINGTHEMHOME and #RISEFORMMIW

The mission is to be in solidarity with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Men, Girls, Two-Spirits, Relatives, grieving families, and individuals working on the frontlines to end this epidemic of violence against Indigenous people.

We ask that you wear red during your choice of exercise to support this National Day of Awareness. Why red? Red dresses have been used to raise awareness of the large number of Missing Indigenous Women & Girls (#MMIW #MMIWG) for many years. Red is used not just to represent the many hearts broken by the loss of our stolen sisters but also because for many tribes red is a sacred color. So please wear red on May 5th to show that we have not forgotten our sisters, mothers, and daughters who have been taken from us.

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Helpful Services for Coping with Trauma and Violence


Our friends at ACF compiled a list of free services to help those affected by the recent traumatic events taking place in our world today.     The Meskwaki Nation has counselors and staff who can help direct you too.  If you need assistance, please contact us or scroll down to find many helpful services below.


~ Office of Child Care and Meskwaki Child Care Program partners


A traumatic event such as this is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. People can call the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number 1–800–985–5990.  This free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service is also available via SMS (text to 66746) to anyone experiencing psychological distress as a result of this event. People who call and text are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. Helpline staff provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

General Disaster Response and Recovery Information

·Coping With Grief After Community Violence—This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) tip sheet introduces some of the signs of grief and anger after an incident of community violence, provides useful information about to how to cope with grief, and offers tips for helping children deal with grief.

·Tips for Survivors: Coping With Grief After a Disaster or Traumatic Event—In this tip sheet, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) defines and describes grief, discusses ways of coping with grief, explains complicated grief, and offers relevant resources for additional support.

·Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress—This SAMHSA tip sheet gives stress prevention and management tips for dealing with the effects of trauma, mass violence, or terrorism. It lists tips to relieve stress, describes how to know when to seek professional help, and provides accompanying resources.

This tip sheet is also available in Spanish at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Survivors-of-a-Disaster-or-Other-Traumatic-Event-Managing-Stress-Spanish-Version-/SMA13-4776SPANISH. A similar tip sheet is available in Punjabi at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Survivors-of-a-Traumatic-Event-Managing-Your-Stress-Punjabi-Version-/NMH05-0209PUNJABI.

·Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event—At this web page, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the importance of coping after a disaster, and getting professional help if needed, with reactions that may be difficult and intense. Links are provided to additional information about managing your emotional health as a survivor, supporting your children in coping, and making time for self-care as a disaster responder.

This information is available in Spanish at https://emergency.cdc.gov/es/coping/index.asp.

Resources for Faith-based Communities and Spiritual Leaders

·Faith Communities and Disaster Mental Health—This tip sheet provides information for religious leaders about common stress reactions people may experience in response to a disaster and suggests ways they can cope, and help others cope, with disaster stress reactions. The sheet also provides information on referring people for mental health services.

·Tips & Lessons—Disaster Response: The Sunday After a Disaster—

This tip sheet from Episcopal Relief & Development offers advice on how to provide community and congregational support after a disaster.

·Vulnerable Populations & Disaster—

This tip sheet discusses the need for religious leaders to accommodate the needs of vulnerable populations during disaster preparedness and response. The sheet identifies the types of vulnerable populations and illustrates preparedness and response best practices to assist individuals within these populations.


Resources for Children, Youth, Parents and Other Caregivers, and Schools

·Understanding Child Trauma—

This web page identifies events that children and youth may experience as traumatic, presents statistics on traumatic experiences and their effects on children and youth, lists signs of traumatic stress in children and youth of various ages, and offers tips for parents and other important adults in the lives of children and youth for helping children and youth to cope with trauma. Links to resources for more information and support are also provided.

·Age-related Reactions to a Traumatic Event—

In this information and tip sheet, the NCTSN provides an overview of how children and adolescents may react to natural and human-caused disasters that they experience as traumatic. It describes reactions typical within specific age ranges and offers tips for parents and other caregivers, school personnel, healthcare practitioners, and community members to help children and adolescents cope.

·Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times—This resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides information on community violence, how it can affect daily lives, and what to do for support.

·Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators—

In this 1-page tip sheet, the NCTSN identifies 10 ways in which youth may react to community traumas such as natural or human-caused disasters and suggests ways for educators to respond to these reactions and support youth in coping. The tip sheet also advises educators to find professional mental health support for youth—and for themselves—as needed. https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/tip-sheet/helping_youth_after_community_trauma_for_educators_final_explosions.pdf   


Resources for Disaster Responders

·Psychological First Aid for First Responders:

Tips for Emergency and Disaster Response Workers—This SAMHSA tip sheet provides first responders with information on how to address people for the first time after a disaster and how to calmly communicate and promote safety.

·Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress

This SAMHSA tip sheet helps disaster response workers prevent and manage stress. It includes strategies to help responders prepare for their assignment, use stress-reducing precautions during the assignment, and manage stress in the recovery phase of the assignment. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Preventing-and-Managing-Stress/SMA14-4873

This tip sheet is available in Spanish at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Disaster-Responders-Preventing-And-Managing-Stress-Spanish-Version-/SMA14-4873SPANISH.

·Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue

This SAMHSA tip sheet defines and describes compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. It lists signs of compassion fatigue and offers tips for preventing compassion fatigue and coping with it if it occurs, and it notes that responders may also experience positive effects as a result of their work.

This tip sheet is also available in Spanish at 

·Traumatic Incident Stress: Information for Emergency Response Workers

This CDC fact sheet outlines symptoms of traumatic incident stress and lists activities emergency response workers can do on site and at home to cope with the challenging aspects of disaster response. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/works/coversheet643.html 



Additional Resource for Acute Needs

·National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a source of support available 24/7 to people in crisis, including challenging reactions to disasters. Call 1–800–273–TALK (1–800–273–8255), or, for support in Spanish, call 1–888–628–9454.



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MMIW Fundraiser

For those of you who are interested in buying a MMIW shirt you may now submit an order until March 8, 2019! This is a fundraiser in which all proceeds will go towards future MMIW events.

Linked below is an order form that you may print, complete and return (with payment) to the Tribal Center Front Desk or Meskwaki Family Services. The order form will need to be turned in no later than March 8, 2019. *Payment is due at time of order.

MMIW Order Form 2019

The final day for ordering will be March 8th. Items will be available March 22nd. Please indicate your name and best contact number.

If you have any questions please contact Dara Jefferson at (641) 484-4444.



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Rally Raises Awareness for MMIW

A rally was held on Sunday, July 22nd in Rock Island to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.    Dara Jefferson, Victim Advocate, and other speakers at the rally shared the story of Rita Papakee, missing since 2015 from the Meskwaki Nation settlement and others.  To read the whole story, visit:


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