Areas of Expertise

Red Wind Consulting offers a wide range of areas we can work in. Consultation and training can be designed specifically to meet the needs of your program, your community, your Tribe and/or the surrounding areas. We will work with you to design work that helps you achieve the outcome you desire by considering your goals and what you are hoping to achieve through consultation with Red Wind.

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Advocacy for Native Women

Working with American Indian and/or Alaskan Native victims of sexual assault and domestic violence is a responsibility that many of us carry. We have a chance to work with her in ways that helps her to see the many choices and options available to her. Red Wind has a wealth of experience working with victims of violence and can help your organization strengthen its work with Native victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Building Indigenous Women's Leadership

As indigenous women, we are faced with challenges carried by living in an oppressive society while carrying many facets of how we internalize it.Training that builds indigenous women's leadership will explore the following areas:

  • Define indigenous women's leadership,
  • Explore notions of power and leadership,
  • Through our stories, examine our leadership,
  • Grow our understanding of power,
  • Understand our interconnections,
  • Examine forms of decision-making,
  • Recognize our strengths, and
  • Recognize our challenges in leadership.

Building a Culturally Responsive Organization

Building a culturally responsive organization requires a commitment on the part of leadership and a willingness to dedicate the necessary energy and resources to create a cultural shift. How much of a shift depends on where the organization is starting from. A culturally responsive organization will incorporate cultural sensitive and relevant responses at all levels of the organization. It will:

  • build its understanding of oppression,
  • develop its ability to think critically,
  • engage the expertise of those who benefit from the work,
  • have leadership that reflects the multiple communities,
  • have policies/practices relevant to communities effected, and
  • create opportunities to reflect on its impact.

Red Wind can help organizations engage in enhancing its responsiveness to multicultural communities by offering training that strengthens your capacity to be culturally sensitive, culturally competent, and responsive.

Children Exposed to Violence

Children growing up in a home where there is violence can be deeply effected without appropriate interventions. Caution must be taken that interventions do not negatively hold the victim of violence responsible for the offender's violence.
  • Behavioral, social, and emotional problems.
  • Cognitive and attitudinal problems.
  • Long-term problems.

Multiple factors can influence a child's own reliance from the violence. Response should work to strengthen the bond between the mother and child and strengthen a child's resiliency.

Developing Your Transtional Housing Program

What is transitional housing?Often we see that many people have varying ideas of what it is. There can be confusion between transitional housing and emergency shelter. Red Wind has experience in the inception, development and operations of multiple transitional housing programs. Red Wind can work with you to define your transitional housing program, clarify the difference between shelter and transitional housing, design the activities that are important to conduct through your transitional housing program, explore what the critical work with women and their children will look like while holding true to your operating vision, and develop community partnerships to enhance your programs success.

Dismantling the Historical Legacy of Oppression

As Native people, we are faced with an historical legacy of oppression that permeates our society. It can be found in many of the barriers we face as well as in how we too have internalized our oppression.Red Wind can provide training that explores a range of areas surrounding the historical legacy of oppression faced by Native peoples. This work can explore:

• what historical oppression is,
• why we care about it,

• what it can look like in our work settings,
• what it can look like in our interactions with others,
• how to work through oppression, and
• how we can reclaim our indigenous values/beliefs.

Red Wind will help you think through what you are hoping to achieve by having training on this topic area, and to develop the agenda and activities for the training to meet your needs.Red Wind can also help you with a plan to continue your work once the training is over...

For Our Non-native Relatives, Strategies for Working with Tribes

Non-Native people end up working in and near Tribal communities for a range of reasons. Red Wind can help our non-native relatives explore what it means to work effectively with Tribal communities and what steps are necessary to develop lasting relationships. We respectfully ask our non-native relatives to work to:

  • understand the historical legacy of oppression,
  • engage in self-exploration of strengths to do this work,
  • engage in understanding challenges in doing this work,
  • understand differences differently,
  • build respect for native Nations right to self-determination, and
  • understand how non-natives can walk beside us in the work.

Red Wind can help guide non-natives working in, near and with native Nations through assessing their strengths and identifying actions to enhance their capacities.

Incorporating Your Vision in Your Project Design

This is the cornerstone of Red Wind's work. We are highly skilled at helping organizations and programs gain clarity in their vision and working at incorporating that vision in its efforts. A Native-specific program or service is not Native-specific if it just provides Native star within a mainstream structure. It takes intentional examination of what your values and beliefs are and making sure those get incorporated into the operating structure of the program.

Managing Conflict

One of the most devastating problems native programs and nonprofit organizations struggle with is conflict. In our work to end violence against Native women, there is a board convergence of ideas and opinions that can at times lead to disagreement and polarization. When conflict is not addressed early, it can become quite toxic to the work you are trying to accomplish.Red Wind can help you enhance our skill to manage conflict before it becomes destructive. Contact us to discuss your needs and we can tailor training for you that will help you build skills in facilitation and communicating in ways that builds strength.

Moving Your Organizational Vision into the Community

Creating strategies to carry your message forward can be tricky. Often times, because of limited resources or skill, we find ourselves reactively developing messages. Red Wind can help you develop your message for your program, your public information campaign or your strategy to create true change in your community. This can include exploring materials that have already been created, developing goals for carrying your vision into your community.

Organizational Development

Red Wind is experienced in developing nonprofit organizations from the ground up. We can help you with identifying the steps you will need to take to put in place a foundation that will withstand the test of time. We can walk you through the process or help you develop a plan to work from. Some of the key development steps to take:

  • Developing your board of directors,
  • Incorporating your organization,
  • Crafting a mission/vision statement,
  • Writing bylaws,
  • Applying for your 501c3 tax exempt status,
  • Making decisions about management structures,
  • Creating and implementing fiscal management systems, and
  • Putting in place initial personnel policies.

Organizational or Programmatic Strategic Planning

The strategic planning process is developed in cooperation with the lead staff and identified key members of the organization. The strategic planning work will include the following activities:

Conduct a facilitated process with Board and Staff that includes exploring:
  • Review of your mission and vision
  • Identifying Tribal values
  • Framing the values within the mission and vision

Conduct a facilitated process with Board and Staff that includes exploring:
  • Opportunities and threats
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Critical issues for your organization’s future

Conduct a facilitated processes with Board and Staff that includes exploring issues, developing goals and strategies.
  • Develop strategies that respond to organizational vision
  • Develop an implementation plan

Write a strategic plan product for guiding implementation strategies.

Rebuilding Our Indigenous Community Connections

As a result of the historical legacy of oppression, many of our indigenous communities are not operating from the interconnectedness that we were taught which is so important to the survival and future of our communities. Red Wind can work with you to develop a plan for restoring and rebuilding the community connections that are so vital in our work to end violence against women.

We can help you explore:
  • strategies for engaging the community with relevance,
  • identifying methods for bringing the community together,
  • ways to identify and communicate your message with meaning, and
  • ways to engage your community in leading change work.

Sexual Assault Protocol Development

A Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) protocol includes the integrated policies and procedures of the myriad agencies and professionals involved in the SAFE process in a given AI/AN community. Integrated policies and practices can serve to positively impact communication, cooperation and coordination of involved entities, thereby making possible response to AI/AN victims that meets their self-identified needs. To promote integrated policies and practices, Red wind can work with you to:

  • Build support from tribal leaders and community to institutionalize a culturally appropriate and sensitive SAFE protocol;
  • Work to inform and influence thinking and planning across relevant federal and state agencies as these agencies look to strengthen their individual and collective responses to Native victims of sexual violence; and
  • Promote partnerships among your tribe and relevant federal and/or state agencies to better coordinate responses, resources, learn from mistakes of the past and strive towards a shared vision of aiding and empowering victims.

Tailor Made...

Red Wind can design training specifically for you. We have experienced staff and consultants to bring the skill and experience you are looking for. Contact us about the training areas you are interest in exploring.

Teen Dating Violence

Facts about Teen Dating Violence:

  1. Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
  2. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
  3. There is an increased risk of unhealthy relationships for teens who have multiple sexual partners, use drugs or alcohol, don’t have parental supervision, or witness violence at home or in the neighborhood.
  4. 33 percent of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
  5. In the U.S., 25 percent of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  6. Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner.
  7. 8 States in the U.S. do not consider a violent dating relationship domestic abuse. Therefore, adolescents, teens, and 20-somethings are unable to apply for a restraining order for protection from the abuser.
  8. Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72 percent of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
  9. 50 percent of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
  10. A mere third of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.
  11. Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.

Working with youth exposed to violence or not yet aware of violence requires unique strategies to be effective. Outreach and education must be age appropriate and developmentally appropriate to be effective.

Thinking Critically

Thinking Critically is a highly interactive experience. A training on thinking critically can explore the following:

  • Learning how to Identify your organization's relevant issues,
  • Developing an understanding of what critical thinking is and how it can be a useful skill to learn for your self and those you work with,
  • Critical analysis: Tools for critical analysis and how to examine an issue,
  • Exercises that engage you in thinking for yourself,
  • Working with current issues: Using tools to engage in an analysis of current issues,
  • Strategies: Discussing strategies for engaging your critical thinking into community organizing work, and discussing strategies for working to end oppression and other forms of violence.

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