Formulating Tribal Laws to Protect our Children
Submitted by Ben Spooner on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 2:43pm
Date/Time:Thu, 05/23/2013 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Sponsor:Native Streams Initiative, Education Development Center, Inc.; Futures Without Violence, Defending Childhood Initiative; and the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Indigenous Traditional cultural values historically provided a foundation for treating children as sacred and have terms for children that emphasized this sacredness. For example, the Cree word for children is “A-wah-sis-sahk”and “Wakanyeja” is the Lakota language term for “child” and means “as a sacred being”. Sadly, this sacredness is often violated as many of our children either experience violence or are exposed to violence daily. According to the Dept. of Justice, “of the 76 million children currently residing in the U.S, an estimated 46 million can expect to have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year” (http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/child_wellbeing). Additionally, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study shows there are “staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma” ( http://acestudy.org/). How can Tribal laws be formulated and additionally, what is the process to passing such laws to address prevention, intervention and healing of children who have been exposed to violence or have experienced violence and trauma? Join us in a webinar as we explore and discuss a topic that is vital to the well-being of our children, families and communities.