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Education plays a key role

against sex traffickers

Native Sun News Staff Writer

RAPID CITY – Rapid City is a prime location for sex traffickers to recruit, manipulate and profit from victims as it is located just minutes away from one of the poorest counties in the United States, Oglala Lakota County, home of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Historically, the sex trafficking of Native American women began prior to the development and formation of reservations as European and indigenous cultures were forced to live amongst each other. The sexual exploitation of indigenous women began as a means of survival through the means of a trade commodity.  Read More...

Correction: Brenda Hill, SDCEDSV Native Co-Director is Siksika of the Blackfeet Nation, Canada


Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms.  Read more...


 Thanks to a grant from the Tide/NoVo Foundation the SDCEDSV has joined in the efforts to combat Human Trafficking, particularly Sex Trafficking.  This grant will help us provide prevention and awareness of Sex Trafficking in South Dakota and Indian Country to our member programs and communities.  So far we have developed several public awareness materials; poster, brochures, info-card, and fact sheet.  We also put up two billboards on I-90, so watch for these if you are traveling across the state. To view our materials go to the new page What is Sex Trafficking?

Also, please consider using #StopSexTraffickingSD as a hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to help us track articles and information.  

The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center Successful in Assuring Access to Emergency Contraception at Indian Health Service. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO NAWHERC.  After five years of tenacious policy and grassroots organizing work, the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) in Lake Andes, South Dakota, is proud to share that the Indian Health Service has included Emergency Contraception in the written policies for all I.H.S. service units. This move puts the agency in compliance with federal policies to provide equal access to safe, emergency contraception in the form of Plan B, over the counter, no questions asked, without age restrictions - especially important for survivors of sexual assault.  Read More...

To see other success' of our membership, please check out our quarterly newsletter, The Coalesce.


We declare the turtle as the symbol of the movement to end violence against women. Historically the non-native movements around domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking etc. are separate initiatives. Read More

At the top right corner of every page of our website is a RED ESCAPE button. This button will always appear in the top right corner of your browser window even when you scroll down the page. When this button is clicked it will redirect you to google.com. This is for the protection of battered women who want to view our
site but are afraid to under a watchful eye of their batterer.