White Buffalo Calf Women's Society 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.
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
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.
Transportation and childcare are provided:
All Groups Meet at Her House
Teen Advocacy Group
Ages 11-17 years of age
Contact: Mallory Arrow
Domestic Violence Survivors
Wednesday 3pm—4pm and 6pm-7pm
Contact: Christine Sully
Wakanyan Ki Najin Pi
(Standing Back Up Sacred in Creation)
White Buffalo Calf Women’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 WBCWS:
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.