The Women’s Resource Center and Montana Native Women’s Coalition continue to make change across the Hi-Line in Montana.
In the previous fiscal year, the Women’s Resource Center served 610 people, 281 of whom were Native American. The WRC received 1,292 crisis line calls and, of those calls, 1,258 required on-site assistance.
To reach them, call 228-8400 or toll free at 877-972-3232.
In 2012, businesses and residents from Browning to Culbertson have helped to raise $7,000 by purchasing ad sales, donating and participating in the annual “Break the Silence of Violence” basketball tournament.
For the past three years, the WRC and MNWC have sponsored an 18+ men’s double elimination tournament held at the end of December. The significance of this tournament is bringing awareness to, as well as stopping, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The annual “Break the Silence of Violence” basketball tournament continues to expand and bring economy to the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas.
This year was the tournament’s third annual anniversary and attendance and participants continue to increase. Seventeen teams participated and supported the WRC’s goal to stop violence against women. Dirty Mike and the Boys, predominately from Fort Belknap, went undefeated and took first-place, winning $2,500 and coats. The second place team, Rez Life, won $2,000 and pull-over jackets coming through the back door with eight games on the second day of the tournament. Rez Life is composed of players from North Dakota, Billings and Kansas. Silverwolf out of Wolf Point placed third receiving $1,500 and sweatshirts. Other area teams included Nemont from Glasgow, headed by Michael Southern; and Bergtoll Ranch from Saco, headed by former Hi-Line Heroes Kazz and Kruiz Siewing.
Each tournament, the Break the Silence of Violence committee selects individuals that were nominated to be publicly acknowledged during half time of the championship game. All year long, the Women’s Resource Center and sponsoring organizations look for men who exemplify what it means to be a strong leader in every way, shape, and form.
These astounding men are entitled “Hi-Line Heroes” and embody what it means to be a leader, on the court, off the court, in the classroom, etc. These men are role models for our communities and families. Along with being featured in the tournament’s program booklet, these leaders receive a plaque and gift sponsored by the WRC and the Family Violence Resource Center from Wolf Point.