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Yonʌhali:yó – Community Advocacy

Programs Overview

“A good vine” – Yonʌhali:yó
With deep roots, a broad reach, and healthy fruit in the community formerly known as Oneida Domestic Abuse and Prevention.
Same services, new name!

Yonʌhali:yó – Community Advocacy inspires Native People to engage in healthy life choices, promoting total wellness for the next seven generations.

Programs Offered

  • Gender Based Violence Program
  • Healthy Relationship Program
  • Youth Mentor & Advocates
  • Young Adult Mentor & Advocate
  • 2SLGBTQ+ support

Contact

Laurie Becker – Supervisor Email: Lbecker@oneidanation.org
Office: (920)-490-3700 ext. 3842

Business Hours Monday – Friday      8 AM-4:30PM
Typical response time is 1-2 business days

Online Resources
Please see Linktree for a list of crisis and other resources
Yonʌhali:yó Community Advocacy – Linktree

New Name – Yonʌhali:yó “A Good Vine”

Gender Based Violence Program

Gender Based Violence Program ,formerly Domestic Abuse, is a program to help those living with and experiencing abuse, to seek help & safety while healing within the family.

Advocacy

We offer legal help, and personal Advocacy because no one should have to feel alone

Education

Knowledgeable staff will educate on the different forms of abuse including:

  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional

Groups

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Education Group 
  • Beading Circle 
  • Book Club

Culture

Our program’s values are on the traditional teachings of our Culture. These teachings are used to strengthen the ways that were forgotten.

Safety

Our Programs helps create a safety plan when:

  • Leaving a relationship
  • After a violent relationship
  • Seeking a restraining order

Warnings

  • Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Isolation
  • Checks cell phone
  • Blames others
  • Verbally Abusive Explosive Behavior

Statistics and Resources

Native People are 3x more likely to experience abuse than any other race.
ODAP Resources
Yonʌhali:yó – LinkTree Online Resources

For more information contact:

Oneida Domestic Violence Women’s Advocate
Cassie
Office: 920-490-3719 

Oneida Domestic Violence Lay Advocate
Louise
Office: 920-490-3760 

Oneida Domestic Violence Women’s Advocate
Tia
Office: 920-490-3808

After Hour Crisis Centers:

Brown County
920-436-8888

Outagamie County
920-832-4646

Healthy Relationship Program

On hold until further notice

Summary

The Oneida Healthy Relationship Program is a new domestic abuse intervention program. This program takes an educational approach using a Native based curriculum to help offenders understand the complex cultural, social, and historical dimensions of violence against women and men. The program also addresses the use of power and control in relationship and family dynamics. The Re-Education Program is taught in a weekly group setting to promote:

  • Feedback
  • Participation
  • Education
  • Participants share appropriate experiences
  • Environment where participants hold each other accountable

Participants

  • Are held accountable for their actions
  • Learn alternatives to violence and controlling behavior
  • Learn about the impact of violence
  • Learn how to identify healthy relationships
  • Learn behavioral, emotional, and physical cues that proceed escalating violence
  • Examine current beliefs and attitudes that need to be re-examined to overcome violent behavior
  • Focus on cultural and spiritual values
  • Learn how historical trauma has led to violence and abusive behaviors
  • Learn about traditional spiritual ways using smudging and sweat lodge ceremonies to share the traditional spiritual ways of native people

Benefits

The Goal of the Oneida Healthy Relationship Program is to offer tools to change behavior and take responsibility.

Develop healthy relationships with women, men, and family

Better parenting skills

Healthier and happy families

Helps break the influence of the generational cycles of violence

Court calendar reduction through less re-offenders returning

Less lost worktime

Connect with culture and ceremonies

Connect with self-identity as a Native man

Reclaiming Culture

In the Oneida tradition, a man would retain allegiance to the clan of his birth, but live “matrilocally” in the longhouse of his wife’s clan. There was a natural element of protection. Iroquois society was organized to maintain a balance of equality between women and men. The women and children were protected from violence. 

The program teaches families that this is not a traditional belief and that it is acceptable and natural for men to have emotions, the same as women and children. Information about historical trauma, boarding schools, the authority and power the government policies had over native people, assimilation and adoption of the western beliefs system is shared and discussed. As a result, internalized oppression and acceptance of these influences led to Native people becoming ashamed of whom they were, and they began disowning their own traditional cultural values and beliefs.

This program helps Native Families reclaim their culture through education, ceremonies, and storytelling.

For more information contact:

Healthy Relationship Community Advocate – Pending 

Youth Mentor & Advocate Programs

Mission Statement: To help build and foster healing and resiliency within our youth. To teach them empowerment strategies to preserve safety and build up their self esteem using Tsi?niyukwalihoti’ (our ways) as the foundation.

Available Services

  • Advocating/ Mentoring/ 1 on 1 support
  • Group Facilitation
  • Referral Assistance
  • Goal Setting/Empowerment
  • Healthy Identity Support and Personal Development
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • 2SLGBTQ+ Support & Groups

Benefits

Our goal is to enhance positive qualities the students already possess and help students to see their true potential.
Goal setting/Empowerment

  • Identity Support & Personal Development
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Develop Positive Relationships & Connections
  • Domestic & Relationship violence awareness

Eligibility
Child and Youth Female Advocate – Native American and descendants female youth ages 6-19 years old
Youth and Young Adult Advocate – Native American and descendants ages 9-25 years old 

Resources
LGBTQIA2S+ Resource Hub
LinkTree – Brown, Outagamie, & Online

For more information contact:

Child and Youth Female Advocate
Chrisstara Cornelius
Ccornel6@oneidanation.org
Office: (920)-490-3894

Youth & Young Adult Advocate/Mentor
Byran Halona
Bhalona1@oneidanation.org
Office: 920-490-3797

Events

Ongoing

Yonʌhali:yó Book Club (RSVP)

YCA_General@oneidanation.org

Youth Two Spirit & Allies Group (Open)

Bhalona@oneidanation.org

Upcoming Events

Human Trafficking Awareness Film Series (RSVP)
January 25th, Wednesday 5PM 

RSVP – Click Here

April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Week 1 – Open 
Wednesday April 4th Opening Ceremony 

Week 2 – RSVP 
Monday April 10th Healing Circle and guided painting with Artist Lean Thompson 

Week 3RSVP
Self-defense F.A.S.T class 

Week 4 – Open 
Closing Ceremony, dinner, and recap
(More information and flyers coming soon…)

Additional/Contact Info