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        Each year, American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA), End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and WCASA present annual training for rural and tribal programs.

        This training was designed for staff of Wisconsin rural and tribal domestic and sexual abuse programs. Advocates of all experience levels are welcome. 

        In 2017, the Northern Training will focus on the connection between violence against women and violence against the earth, and consider how this has manifested in Wisconsin.


        Event Information

        Ho Chunk Casino Hotel & Convention Center
        S3214 County Road BD
        Baraboo, WI 53913
        Phone: (800) 746-2486

        A room block has been reserved at the casino.

        Registration will open in May 2017.


        History of the Northern Training

        The Northern Training has been held annually in July for roughly 20 years. Initially the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) and End Domestic Abuse WI (End Abuse, then the WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence) partnered to develop the training. In later years American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA) grew from a volunteer task force to a 501(c)3 organization with paid staff, enabling this coalition to more formally join in the planning of the training.

        The Northern Training was born out of the need for geographically accessible training for rural and tribal domestic abuse and sexual assault organizations in WI’s northern region. Serving comparatively larger areas with fewer staff, these programs were often unable to bear the cost in terms of time and travel expenses required to attend training in more densely populated regions. The Northern Training ensured that, at a minimum, these programs would be able to attend one training every year.

        Until 2008, the Northern Training took place every year in Hayward (Sawyer County) just before the LCO Pow Wow. That year new traditions began to evolve: different WI tribal communities began to host the training each year, often with opening and closing ceremonies and other community involvement, and the Jimmy Pease Memorial Quilt was passed from one tribe to another. Jimmy Pease had been a beloved founding member of AIAA, and in 2003 was killed in a car crash while traveling home from an AIAA meeting. Each tribe would keep the quilt with them throughout the year, and add an element to the quilt that represented their community before passing it on.

        From its inception, the Northern Training focused on bringing rural and tribal programs together to explore their common ground and strengthen community. However, over time the training’s focus has also evolved from training content primarily about domestic abuse and sexual assault, to exploring specific cultural and historical topics, community concerns, and philosophical issues, which ultimately are connected to domestic and sexual abuse.

        The Northern Training has become The Northern Training: Tribal and Rural Communities Addressing Gender-Based Violence, and is no longer as exclusively tied to the northern region of Wisconsin. The Northern Training in some years has been closer to the middle of the state, and AIAA has been able to support programs who serve Native American victims in northern WI to attend.

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        > June 22: Paths to Healing Conference, Crowne Plaza, Madison 

        > June 27: Film Screening of Major!, WCASA Office

        > June 27: Statewide Campus Sexual Assault MeetingUW-Stevens Point


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        > July 25-26, Northern TrainingHo Chunk Casino, Baraboo

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