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November is National Native American Heritage Month

November 9, 2021 - 4:00pm

New York State Office of Victim Services celebrates the contributions that Native Americans have made to our state and our nation

Learn more about Native American Heritage Month here: https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/about/

In fact, the first American Indian Day in the United States was declared in New York State (on the second Saturday in May of 1916.)

OVS leadership and staff want to ensure that Native Americans are honored and supported and that crime victims who are Native American have access to all of the support, services and assistance that are available across New York State.

The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Resource Center has resources to enable victim assistance providers and criminal justice professionals to better serve Native Americans. Learn more about the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Resource Center’s resources to better serve Native Americans here: bit.ly/3CN4XDx

OVS is also proud to fund and partner with organizations that specifically reach out to the Native American community. They include Cattaraugus Community Action, a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities to help vulnerable people achieve economic, physical, and emotional security, and Vera House, which provides services, outreach, advocacy, education, programming and counseling to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, with a commitment to reaching Black, brown and indigenous individuals and communities.