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Peaceful Means: Establishment and Evaluation of an Indigenous-led facility to Prevent Sexual Violence among Indigenous Youth across the U.S.

Research Team


Principal Investigator: Katie M. Edwards

Co-Principal Investigators: Lorey Wheeler

Funding Information

Funding Agency: UNL Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition

Award Date: Sep 1, 2022

End Date: Jun 30, 2027


Funded by a UNL Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition grant, researchers will collaborate with Native American partners to establish an Indigenous-led sexual violence prevention facility on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The facility, Peaceful Means, will create jobs, provide training and education opportunities, and bring sexual violence prevention adapted from the IMpower program to K-12 youth across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

Indigenous staff at Peaceful Means will work with other tribal/Indigenous communities across the United States to implement, evaluate and sustain the culturally grounded IMpower sexual violence prevention system.

A key focus of the project will be the sustainability of Peaceful Means as an Indigenous-led organization. This project also includes a youth-led documentary component.

Research & Evaluation Methods, Psychosocial Development & Social-Emotional Learning, Academic Intervention & Learning