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Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, Inc. was founded in 2005 to bring awareness against Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Youth Violence, Human/Sex Trafficking, and Stalking in North County of the San Diego County in our Native communities. 

Native women from the Indian reservations of Rincon, Pauma, Mesa Grande, Santa Ysabel, La Jolla, San Pasqual, Los Coyotes, Pala, and Inaja/Cosmit make-up our coalition membership. 

Over the years, our coalition has expanded to include tribes from all of Southern California as well as other tribes throughout the state of California.

Our coalition is a member organization of a newly formed national organization, the Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence, (ATCEV), which consists of all the OVW tribal coalitions throughout the country, allowing for a national resource. 

We are working in our communities to assist in the essential change needed to reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Youth Violence, Human Trafficking, and Stalking to Native American women, their families, and their community.

The Kiicha Project - Kiicha: Southern California Native Women’s Healing Village

Through its collaborative partners, Kiicha will provide a safe home for Native women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex-trafficking. Kiicha is a multi-agency, multi-service facility that is centralizing, coordinating, and consolidating services across counties, governments, and agencies in the Southern California region.  Kiicha has brought together most the domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking service providers in the region who provide Native American specific services.   The collaborative efforts also include other tribal agency service providers and tribal governments.  

Through Kiicha, victims will receive a safe location to heal and receive holistic, comprehensive services unique to their cultural needs.  Collaborative partners will work together to educate the community, provide services to the entire family, and work to keep our communities safe. Kiicha operates as a collaborative effort and as such does not have status as an independent tax-exempt entity. For funding purposes, the Strong Hearted Native Women's Coalition, Inc. (SHNWC) a non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 2005, serves as fiscal agent and primary contact.

This project was partially supported by various Grants awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Purpose of the Coalition:

The purpose of this program is to enhance the capacity of survivors, advocates, Indian women's organizations, and victim services providers to form nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions to advance the goal of ending violence against American Indian and Alaskan Native women. 

The overarching goal of the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition program is to increase the amount of dedication to improving systemic and community responses to victims. To raise awareness, educate, and to provide technical assistance, training, and supportive services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking including cultural and unique barriers facing Native American Women.

Target Community and Prevalence of Violence:

As members of our Nations, we know that such violence occurs on a daily basis and that these crimes are not reported and offenders are not held accountable. Many of our women experience abuse and do not report the abuser.  The lack of essential services to respond to such crimes and protect women reinforces the trend of not reporting physical or sexual abuse. 

One of our primary goals is to reverse this trend by sending a clear message that violence against women will not be tolerated within our Nations. We are working with our tribal governments and other local, state, and federal governments to strengthen the response to violence against women and give our women a hope for safety in their lives.

Tribal communities have sovereignty to establish tribal laws, however, California is a PL280 state that requires state court participation. This Act transferred federal criminal jurisdiction to the State of California without any resources to support the increased responsibility of responding to crimes occurring upon Indian lands.  The impact upon the lives of Native women on Indian reservations is the lack of adequate criminal and civil justice and culturally sensitive services to protect women. 

Often local and tribal law enforcement personnel are themselves not familiar with the myriad of jurisdictional issues, especially in relation to people living on the Indian reservations. As a result, many service professionals are confused or unsure of the unique barriers and challenges victims face when attempting to break free from a violent perpetrator.


        The Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, Inc. is a member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. The Partnership is the federally recognized State Domestic Violence Coalition for California, representing over 200 organizations and individuals statewide, united in their commitment to safety and justice for victims.

This publication was made possible from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.