Yaqui (MSH, Inc. Executive Director). Tina is a founding member of Mending the Sacred Hoop, and has worked on issues surrounding domestic violence for over 27 years. She has provided training, technical assistance, and material development for tribes across the country, assisting them in program development, implementation, and consultation on developing tribal responses to domestic violence and sexual assault. Tina has taken various roles in the work to end violence against American Indian / Alaska Native women on a local, tribal and national level: women’s group facilitator, men’s group facilitator, advocate, trainer, speaker on issues around domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and elder abuse; as well as aiding in the development of Mending the Sacred Hoop’s Coordinated Community Response between the Fond du Lac Reservation and Carlton and St. Louis counties in northeastern Minnesota. She is a board member of the Duluth American Indian Commission, and a board member of the American Indian Housing Program, a permanent supportive housing project. Tina is the proud mother of four daughters and nine grandchildren and lives with her partner in Duluth, MN.
White Earth Ojibwe (MSH, Inc. Training & Resource Director). Growing up witnessing violence in the home and experiencing its after-effects led Jeremy into the work to address violence. Wanting to work with children who have similar experiences, he began his career in 1994, supervising visits and exchanges in cases involving intimate partner violence at the Duluth Family Visitation Center and running the Children’s Program at Women’s Transitional Housing Coalition in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1998 Jeremy began working with Mending the Sacred Hoop providing training and technical assistance. Jeremy has conducted groups with teenage boys and girls on abusive relationships, and has facilitated groups for Native men who have battered. He speaks locally and nationally on his firsthand knowledge of the dynamics children experience in violent homes, community organizing and education, and working with men who batter.
Anishinaabe (TA Project Resource & Information Specialist). Holly began working with the Technical Assistance Project in 2002 as an editor and writer of Mending the Sacred Hoop manuals, such as Addressing Domestic Violence in Native Communities, the Sexual Assault Advocacy Guide, and Returning Men to Honor, a guidebook for developing batterer intervention programs in Native communities. As a Resource & Information Specialist, she provides training and technical assistance to tribes nationally on addressing violence against Native women in their communities. In addition to her work with Mending the Sacred Hoop, she has taught acting at Purdue University and acting and theatre arts as an assistant professor in the School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth. Her experiences growing up with domestic violence have informed her work as a theatrical artist; she has used theatre as a means of bringing violence against women issues to the forefront of community awareness as an artistic director, actor, and director in various theatre companies. She has co-facilitated DAIP’s Crossroads Program for Women Who Use Violence in Duluth, MN and participated on the Duluth Committee on Restorative Justice. Holly received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Purdue University in 1994 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she graduated cum laude in 1991.
Dine, Aztec, Mexican American (TA Project Training and Resource Specialist). Mona has worked in social media sharing awareness of domestic violence since 2017; she created and continues to manage the social pages “Domestic Violence Awareness” and “Narcissistic Abuse Recovery”. Previously, Mona worked with an independent media group and performed broadcasts, livestreams and interviews focusing on social and Native issues. She has several years of experience as a community group leader and led a support group on recovering from life issues. Born and raised in Southern California, Mona spent her first ten years in a barrio where she witnessed her mother experiencing domestic violence and her father’s struggle with alcoholism. Growing up in a neighborhood with gang violence and enduring various forms of abuse by numerous caretakers, she has experienced firsthand the ways in which violence, drug abuse, and alcoholism affect girls and young women. As an older woman, she has survived various forms of domestic violence by partners. Having lived ten years in Colorado, she earned a certificate in business specialization and management basics from Front Range Community College. Her belief that art and music are forms of therapy and community-building led her to working for five years with the Underground Music Showcase (who worked with Youth On Record, a music program for youth at risk) in Denver, CO. While with the UMS, she worked in box office, assets and eventually became full-time staff as a volunteer coordinator. Mona brings all her life and work experiences to share awareness, empower women and bring information to those who work directly with DV victims and survivors.
Grand Portage Ojibwe (Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition Outreach Coordinator). Alyxis is committed to ending all forms of violence against Native women and children. She has been a member of the Sacred Hoop Coalition since 2010, while working as the Native women’s resource advocate for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) in Duluth, MN. As the Native women’s advocate, Alyxis provided direct services to domestic violence victims and facilitated the women’s education group for domestic violence survivors. She also coordinated and facilitated DAIP’s Women’s Non-Violence Program (a group for women arrested for use of force against an intimate partner), and the Council on Non-Violence, a coordinated community response to domestic violence between Carlton County and the Fond du Lac Reservation in northeastern MN. Alyxis is a graduate of Praxis International’s Advocacy Institute and is currently in the Blandin Foundation’s Reservation Community Leadership Program. She coordinated the Greater Northern Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force sub-committee on the trafficking of Native women in northeastern MN and is a founding member of the Native Sisters Society, which focuses on the impact of sex trafficking of Native women within Duluth, MN and the surrounding areas. Alyxis has a bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies, with a minor in natural history from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her internship with the Fond du Lac Cultural Museum, Alyxis helped in gathering the natural resources to build a birch bark canoe and learned about birch bark baskets, quill work, beading, moccasin making and plant uses. To keep balanced, Alyxis follows the Ojibwe traditions and spiritual practices.
Cree, Multi-ethnic (Sacred Hoop Coalition Training and Resources Coordinator). Nikki is passionate about ending violence against all women and fighting for the most vulnerable among us: indigenous, two-spirit/ LGBT and women of color. She first began working on women’s issues as a volunteer in fund development and crisis-lines for several Iron Range women’s organizations as a teen. Nikki studied at the College of St. Scholastica and is currently working on a master’s degree in non-profit administration. Over the years, she has managed and worked with dozens of non-profits; developing boards and funds, creating new programs and curricula, designing projects, coordinating direct actions, providing direct service and advocacy, collaborating on legislation, consultation and public outreach. She loves utilizing her talent for writing and her passing privilege to be a voice for people who have often been silenced through generations of systemic oppression and trauma. After spending two years living on Lake Vermillion, on the Bois Forte Reservation, Nikki has returned to her family farm where she’s cultivating a sustainable lifestyle, writing, and learning about natural healing.
Rachel Goodsky – Noodiinikwi (Windwoman)
Anishinaabe – Marten Clan, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Sacred Hoop Coalition Membership Outreach Coordinator). Rachel grew up moving between the South Minneapolis Phillips neighborhood and the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She has been working to address domestic violence and sexual assault since 2003, most recently as a DV advocate for the Dabinoo’Igan Shelter and as a case manager for the Giiwe Mobil Team at the American Indian Housing Organization in Duluth, MN. Rachel is a graduate of the Sacred Hoop Coalition’s Aboriginal Focus-Oriented Complex Trauma (AFOT) Training. She loves helping people and she relates to everyone, so this work is second nature. Rachel and her family are traditional; she loves beading, sewing, and the summer pow wows. She has three young children who dance and she’ll be dancing too.
Anishinaabe (Mending the Sacred Hoop Office Assistant). Aubrey grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She has been living in Duluth since she was 16, in order to mend her relationship with her mother after her mother finally escaped the violence. A graduate of the Aboriginal Focus-Oriented Complex Trauma (AFOT) Training, Aubrey started working for Mending the Sacred Hoop in December 2017 and divides her time between the Sacred Hoop Coalition and the TA Project. She has witnessed violence in the home and is also a survivor of sexual and domestic abuse and neglect, which drives her to help others. Aubrey has four years of experience in advocacy, working for the online support group Sober IndianZ, a group of over 650,000 people and growing, helping to end addiction in Indigenous communities from North America to New Zealand. Aubrey has an unconditional love for, and is committed to helping, all communities end violence.