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        The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault creates the social change necessary to end sexual violence. 

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        September 25 & 26, 2018

        Legendary Waters, Red Cliff


        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 sexual assault and domestic violence programs and it is typically held in the northern part of the state. It focuses on bringing rural and tribal SA and DV programs together to address sexual assault and domestic abuse, explore their common ground and strengthen community. Advocates of all experience levels are welcome. 

        In 2017, the Northern Training focused on the connection between violence against women and violence against the earth, and how this has manifested in Wisconsin. Stay tuned for this year's theme.

        This year the Jimmy Pease Memorial Quilt will be passed from the Ho-Chunk Nation to the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Jimmy Pease had been a beloved founding member of American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA), and in 2003 was killed in a car crash while traveling home from an AIAA meeting.


        Event Information

        The Northern Training will be held at the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino (37600 Onigamiing Dr, Bayfield, WI 54814)

        Cost: $50 (covers both days) (see payment page)

        Registration will open in July


        Hotel Information

        There is a room block reserved at the rate of $82/night at the Legendary Waters Resort & Casino. Call (800) 226-8478 to make a reservation. You will responsible for making your own reservation; please book soon to assure availability. Please refer to 'The Northern Training' room block or ask for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA).


        2017 Agenda

        *The 2018 agenda will be available closer to the date 


        Tuesday, July 25

        • 8:30-9:00am Coffee and Check-in (breakfast on your own)
        • 9:00-10:00am Welcome, Drum Group & Passing of the Quilt
        • 10:00-11:00am Sharing Circle Connections between Violence Against the Earth and Violence Against Women (Dakota Access Pipeline and Mining in Wisconsin) - Stephanie Ortiz, Alice Skenandore, Linda Thompson, Aurora Conley
        • 11:00-11:15am Break
        • 11:15am-12:15pm Sharing Circle (continued)
        • 12:15-1:15pm Lunch (provided)
        • 1:15-2:30pm Workshops:
          • Suicide Prevention within Native Communities - Lola Smith & Lisa Hurst, Oneida Nation
          • The Impacts of the Resurgence of Drugs, including Meth and Opiates, on Violence - Janelle Krueger, Hope House
        • 2:30-2:45pm Break
        • 2:45-3:45pm Exercise Historical Trauma – CJ Doxtater, End Domestic Abuse WI
        • 3:45-4:45pm StrongHearts Native Helpline - Lori Jump, Assistant Director, StrongHearts
        • 4:45-5:00pm Closing, Drum Circle – Ho Chunk Community 

        Wednesday, July 26

        • 9:00-10:30am General Session Strengthening Tribal and rural communities and the Connections Between - Kara Schurman
        • 10:30-10:45am Break
        • 10:45am-12:00pm Workshops
          • Tribal Court Legal Advocate Trainers Presentation – Alice Skenandore & Julie McClester
          • Policy Update – Dominic Holt & Chase Tarrier
        • 12:00-12:15pm Closing


        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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        Statewide & National Events


        Registration Open


        > June 22, 2018: Paths to Healing Conference, Madison

        > June 26, 2018: (10:00-11:30am): WiSAKI and the SART Response (webinar)

        Summer Prevention Webinar Series (all 10:00-11:30am)

        > July 16, 2018: Presentation by Rape Crisis Center's Youth Advisory Board Gamechangers

        > July 23, 2018: 
        Zooming In: Poetry as an Entry Point into Violence Prevention Work

        > July 30, 2018: How to Talk to Teens about Sexting

        > August 6, 2018: Ni Santas, Ni Putas: The impact of external and internalized misogyny on Latina survivors

        > August 14-17, 2018:
        Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School (SAVAS), Madison


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        > September 5 & 6, 2018: Director's Meeting, Location TBD

        September 25 & 26, 2018:

        Northern TrainingRed Cliff

        > May 2-3, 2019: Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference, Milwaukee



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