SASO recognizes that every survivor will have a different response to an incidence of sexual violence. Cultural outreach is an effort to recognize individual differences so that clients are served in a culturally responsive manner. Our outreach efforts also work to increase awareness and accessibility to the services that we provide. The SASO team connects with various organizations in La Plata County so that we are fully aware of the resources that are available to individuals. These connections allow for a better community response to sexual violence by encouraging service providers to refer individuals to SASO.
SASO LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT STATEMENT
Sexual Assault Services Organization is an organization aimed to provided advocacy and prevention to any person seeking services. We are based in the Durango and Ignacio area in Colorado. In this statement, we acknowledge the sacred lands and ancestral territories of the Ute tribe (Weeminuche, Capote, and Muache), Jicarilla Apache, Arapaho, Comanche, and Diné (Navajo) nations.
Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.
What is a Land Acknowledgment?
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
Why do we recognize the land?
To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on, and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation.
THE HISTORY OF NATIVE TRIBES
SING OUR RIVERS RED RECEPTION & WORKSHOP
Appreciation and gratitude
Army of Bright, Shiny Souls
Outside In, Inside Out
Everybody is welcome (no one is turned away)
LOVE AND COMPASSION
Using your gifts to support the movement
Ability to make the events and their spaces your own
Our Community/Our Voices
SUPPORT AND MENTOR-SHIP
Many Hearts, One Beat
Many Passions, One Fire
Many Revolutions, One Movement
Sing Our Rivers Red Mission Statement
“The Sing Our Rivers Red (SORR) events aim to bring awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and colonial gender based violence in the United States and Canada. The events strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, who have not had the proper attention or justice. SORR also is being planned in solidarity and with collaborative spirit, meant to support the efforts built in Canada, as well as highlight the need for awareness and action to address colonial gender violence in the United States. Sing Our Rivers Red events recognize that each of us has a voice to not only speak out about the injustices against our sisters, but also use the strength of those voices to sing for our healing. Water is the source of life and so are women. We need to Sing Our Rivers Red to remember the missing and murdered and those who are metaphorically drowning in injustices. We are connecting our support through the land and waters across the border.” (http://singourriversred.wordpress.com)