Youth Services

MVP Project: Supporting Male Survivors of Violence

The MVP Project is a community based program to help young males and their families through a healing process when they have been exposed or are direct victims of violence in our communities such as:

  • Interpersonal Violence (Domestic Violence)
  • Child Abuse/Child Neglect
  • Gang Related Violence
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Assaults

Self-harm (Suicide, substance and alcohol abuse, cutting, eating disorders) 
MVP Supports male survivors of violence and their families by identifying and providing safety, support, culturally supportive response and advocacy to our male relatives ages 10-18 years of age. MVP supports activities in collaboration with partner programs and entities, such as: Presentations to area schools, Cultural Activities Wrap around services for the families of our male relatives, Youth Group for male relatives, Talking Circles. on community events

White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society, Inc Teen  Advocate and Services

Services teen relatives ages 11-21 and their families who are impacted by dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. Our service areas include Todd County, parts of Tripp County, Gregory, Mellette, and Oglala counties. This includes 22 tribal communities on the Rosebud reservations. We respond to crisis calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We respond, support and follow up with our young relatives. We respond to crisis calls from the hospital emergency room, local schools and the police department. 
Sexual Assault as a Minor 
If you were sexually assaulted and are under the age of 13 years old you will be asked to do a forensic interview with the Child Advocacy Center in Pierre, SD. 
If you are 13 years of age and older you may decide to submit to a rape kit, which is done at IHS in Rosebud, and we will be there to offer support for you. We provide shelter, transportation, cultural healing, crisis counseling, support groups, court accompaniment, protection and restraining orders and personal advocacy. We will provide information and referrals for services, providing child advocacy both personal and group settings. We also provide outreach education in our local schools and we also facilitate group projects with the youth where they have opportunities to learn about traditional practices and healing retreats to increase self- esteem.  Building trust with our relatives is very important to us.

Websites for reference:

Office of Victims of Crime: http://www.ovc.gov/

Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/
Youth Alive: http://www.youthalive.org/
Engaging Youth and Men: http://engagingmen.futureswithoutviolence.org/
Wica Agli: http://www.wicaagli.org/

Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi 

Legal Advocacy

Legal Advocate

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society Legal Advocacy:
The goal of White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society legal advocate is to support you in the court system and the community.
The civil and criminal court system can often be overwhelming and difficult to understand, especially if your life has been turned upside down by stalking, domestic violence (DV) and/or sexual assault (SA).
Our legal advocate works within the criminal justice and civil court systems to protect the safety and rights of you and your children.

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society Legal Advocate can provide:
(When related to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and/or stalking)

  •  Information about your rights within the civil and criminal process
  • Personal support, either by phone or in-person throughout the court process, including assistance in creating a personalized safety plan
  • Assist in preparing and filing protection orders, restraining orders, child custody/visitation orders, as well as divorce and separation orders
  • Assistance in filing application for Crime Victim’s Compensation Program Application
  • Accompanying the survivor to court and other related meetings
  • Referrals to community based and state agencies for services including legal assistance 
  • Referrals to services for children and dependents (secondary victims) 
  •  Act as a liaison between you and those within the justice system (police, prosecutors, corrections, and the FBI)
  • ALWAYS maintain the highest level of confidentiality

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society Legal advocate CANNOT provide:

  • Legal advice, or make any decisions for you in the legal process you are involved in.  The Legal Advocate is just that…an ADVOCATE not a lawyer.
  • Prepare any legal documents for you, or write any answers to any legal documents for you.
  • Represent you in the courtroom or negotiate any legal proceedings on your behalf.

Legal Resources:
Rosebud Sioux Tribe Court Pro Se Packets

SD Crime Victim’s Compensation Program Application

SD Unified Judicial System
Civil Court Information (Protection Order Forms)
http://ujs.sd.gov/Forms/stalkingpo.aspx

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Law and Order Code
http://www.narf.org/nill/codes/rosebudcode/

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault can happen to anyone, child or adult, male or female. Sexual Assault happens when a person does not or is unable to give consent to any type of Sexual Acts. Sexual Assault takes place when someone is coerced, or the use/or threat of force is adamant. Sexual Assault is a deliberate act of violence and an expression of power, control and domination over another being. When sharing your traumatic experiences of Sexual Assault, it is helpful to know: 
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society offers support to ALL who have been traumatized by Sexual Assault, whether or not the crime was reported to Law Enforcement. Services WBCWS offers:

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Crisis Hotline
  • Advocacy (Legal, Medical, Housing, Transportation, Clothing, Personal)
  • Information/Referral
  • Assistance filing Compensation Claims
  • Culturally Based Retreats/Inipis
  • Support Groups: Sexual Assault, Parents/Guardians whose child(ren) were Sexually Assaulted 
  • Talking about the Sexual Assault is the first and one of the hardest steps in healing from the pain of abuse:
  • You are not to blame yourself for the assault no matter how it occurred or how you responded to the assault. No one ever has the right to abuse you for any reason:
  • You are not alone:
  • 34.1% or 1 in 4 Native American women will be raped in their lifetime: 92% of Native American girls who were on a date, was forced to have sex: 44% (probably higher) of victims are under the age of 18:
  • 47% (probably higher) of rapists are a relative, friend/or acquaintance:
  • 1 in 6 males will be Sexually Assaulted in their lifetime:
  • Nearly 70% of all Sexual Assaults are never reported to Law Enforcement.


Support Groups:

Sexual Assault Support Group:  Wednesday nights 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
Parents of Children who have been sexually assaulted: Thursday nights 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Call for transportation and childcare at least the day before 

Domestic Violence

Services

Sexual Assault Survivors
Wednesday 6pm—7pm 
Contact: Debbie Burnette

Parents of Children Who were Sexual Assaulted
Thursday 6pm—7pm 
Contact: LeToy Lunderman

Community Service

Community Services and Outreach
White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society has many years of experience in helping our community members understand the nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse. We are able to come to your site and provide information and strategies about what you can do to stop these terrible crimes, or help you understand how to support a friend, relative or child who has been a victim, or give you more information about how you can help.  
WBCWS Domestic Violence Prevention Project 
WBCWS  working to provide as much outreach as possible to our communities, promote community education for adults and youth on domestic and sexual violence.  We are working with a curriculum for our community education that is an evidence based model in prevention of dating violence and sexual assault, to prevent first-time perpetration and victimization of dating violence and sexual assault among our young people.  We will be targeting youth in the high school setting and engaging parents/caregivers, school personnel, community and local leaders.  Our prevention strategy will include education opportunities to change and promote healthy youth attitudes, beliefs and behaviors by promoting positive and informed life skills. ​

Domestic Violence Services 

White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society respond to our relatives (clients) needs in emergency situations and follow up support services.  We strive to respond immediately to a relatives need for shelter and support.  We provide food, clothing, and other necessary items for a relative’s needs.  We also provide a twenty-four hour response to crisis calls and intervention.  WBCWS standards are to secure safety plans and goal setting for our clients.  Our advocates continue to reach out to relatives with follow up to ensure continued services and support. 
Our shelter can hold up to 36 women and children.  We also serve men, and we have confidential agreements with local hotels to provide safe places for them.  We have advocates on site 24/7 who provide for the needs of those housed within our shelter walls.  We have a full kitchen and laundry on site.  We also have a playground and small basketball court that is protected by a privacy fence.  We have cameras in and around the shelter, and electronic doors and speaker system, so no one may enter the building without approval from staff.  Our advocates assist relatives with their specific needs and support victim’s decision making in their response to victim’s needs.
WBCWS offers support groups on a weekly basis for domestic violence for our shelter residents as well as those from the community who desire to have healing opportunities.  Our support groups include opportunities to learn traditional art such as beadwork, quilt making and art therapy.  We have two groups a week, one in shelter and one for out of shelter relatives.  We also provide daycare for the survivors who need it, along with transportation.  WBCWS also provides cultural healing and traditional spirituality learning that is intrinsic to our services.  We offer opportunities for those who want to participate in learning how to use our traditional practices to begin healing through our connections with our traditional spiritual leaders and other service programs. We encourage and support them to reach out our local medicine men for further healing.​

Sexual Assault

Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society, Inc.
Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi
(Standing Back Up Sacred in Creation)  

White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society, Inc. (WBCWS) was awarded a 3-year grant by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program (OJJDP) for the creation of a treatment program and victims services focused on children with problematic sexual behaviors (10-14 year olds) and their parent/caregiver, and their victims and their caregivers.   The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is the first tribal nation in the country to receive a grant of this magnitude.  
During the needs assessment phase of the program we chose the name, Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi, as our official name.  Traditionally, our Lakota Oyate (Lakota nation) look upon our children as sacred beings. These spirits arrive with the help of (Ena) the mother. The mother is specifically chosen before the birth of that particular spirit into this physical world.  Thus, the name, “Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi,” reflects the incredible resilience of our children as they move through the life cycles.  We all came to this Earth (Unci Maka) with a special gift and purpose to help contribute to the goodness of the world.  When a child is abused they can “stand back up sacred in creation” again with help from the older, healthy helpers.  

Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi works in collaboration with Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi (Bringing the Family Back to Life) of Sinte Gleska University and Oklahoma University (OU) Health Services Center.  OU therapeutic trainings are evidence based treatment for trauma victims utilizing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) for youth with problematic sexual behaviors.  On June 2, 2016, Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi officially began providing clinical therapeutic services for affected children and their caregivers. White Buffalo Calf has an advocate/project coordinator who works with the youth and their families providing support and other services. 
Sexual Assault Advocates from White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society respond to sexual assault calls from an individual or police officers; Provide legal advocacy; and, Provide child care for victims of sexual assault when attending support groups.  
When a child is a victim of sexual abuse they are in need of emotional, mental and spiritual help in learning to “stand back up sacred in creation” again.  All of our services are focused in that direction.  

Youth Services

Community Service​

Support Groups


Transportation and childcare are provided: 
All Groups Meet at Her House


Teen Advocacy Group 
Monday 6pm—7pm
Ages 11-17 years of age 
Contact: Elaine Burnette

Domestic Violence Survivors 
Tuesday 6pm—7pm 
Contact: 844-856-2317