Last week I attended Inter-Tribal Council of California’s 3rd Annual Tribal Domestic Violence Circle (June 12-13). Fortunately I attended all three of their DV Circles, and have very much enjoyed each one. Inter-Tribal Council of California (ITCC) was formed in 1968 “to enhance the education, health, economic, cultural, and social status of all Native Americans in California.” Smith River Rancheria was one of the founding members; there are now over 35 members. By working together, the members have been able to accomplish more in the categories listed above.
This year the theme was “Be a Movement for Change.” Though we work with day-to-day specific realities, most domestic violence/sexual assault advocates realize that to make a difference we need to change the way cultures view violence, especially against women and children. We need to help parents understand the values they pass along to their children must include respect and non-violent responses. Speakers over the two-day Circle included Olin Jones and Anccecita Agustinez (from the California Attorney General’s Office of Native American Affairs) and Dr. Art Martinez (clinical psychologist from Shingle Springs Health Center). ITCC’s staff presented panels and talks on a variety of subjects, such as strangulation, safe work environments, stalking, and the affect of domestic violence on children (major, especially for the unborn and infants). There were breaks for self-care, and two delicious lunches. 🙂
The event was at Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. The photos here were made on their grounds. The rooms circle around a lake in the middle, and the grounds are lovely; they host weddings and receptions there. Walking outdoors from one section to another, the air was perfumed with gardenia, jasmine, and roses. I’d walk by there just to smell the air. 🙂 The rates are reasonable (so I stayed there), and the staff is very helpful. Apparently the hotel changed hands about two months ago, so a few things are not exactly up-to-par yet. While the grounds are well-maintained, the roses had not been dead-headed and were ripe with rose hips. The free wifi only works if you are close to the main office. There were two computers in the Business Center, but only one worked (and was monopolized every afternoon by a maintenance man). Nevertheless, it was a lovely place, and I enjoyed my time there.
The last day of the Circle I managed to forget my Wholehearted Shawl in the event room, and didn’t realize it until I got home the next day. Fortunately the organizers found it and mailed it back to me. 🙂 Thank you, Reola! And thank you to all the people who made this event happen. I got to know good people, and learned new things. Am looking forward to next year!