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Community Listening Session: Native & Tribal Programs

  • June 2, 2022 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • Register
  • Open to all Native and Tribal organizations 

A Message from Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih:

I hope you; your family and staff are safe and well, 

On August 5th and 6th, 2021, the Partnership facilitated listening sessions to hear about the challenges LGBTQ+ and Native & Tribal communities were experiencing during COVID, how the Partnership could improve our relationships, and provide effective technical assistance to meet programming needs. We were so appreciative of the participants for sharing their time, their truth-telling, and their compassionate conversation. 

My first nine-months of work was riddled with surprises and unexpected challenges on top of the ordinary experiences of being a new Executive Director of the state coalition. During this time, the Partnership also changed over its Microsoft Office Suite Word platforms, and unfortunately, in the process, and we lost a few documents. Regrettably, two of those documents were the notes from the Native American/Tribal and LGBTQ+ listening sessions. Although it would have been disappointing and challenging to lose the notes from any session, it is indeed heart wrenching as a Black Queer leader of a main-stream organization with several Native and Queer staff to lose these specific notes.  

While we do recall some important points made from each listening session, we are not able to recapture all of the valuable information shared. To this end, the Partnership is offering last year’s participants—and those who didn’t get a chance to join us—another opportunity to hear from your organization, so that we may center LGBTQ+ and Native voices, strengthen our collaboration and better serve communities. We are extending the invitations below to try and remedy the situation and get the Partnership back on course to better listen, respond, and collaborate with our partners and potential partners in this work.

We first invite you to complete a short survey containing the original questions asked during the listening session. If you prefer, you can email your responses to the questions directly to Valarie Smith at

Secondly, we invite you to participate in a repeat listening session, which you can combine with the survey or complete by itself by registering.

Love, faith and intention,

Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih
Executive Director 
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Pronouns: she/her/hers (Why pronouns matter)

Questions? Please contact Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih,

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