Sacred Hoop Coalition

Tribal Domestic Violence Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

The Sacred Hoop Coalition is a statewide Tribal Domestic Violence Coalition serving all 11 tribal communities as well as urban programs in the state of Minnesota. The purpose of our coalition is to build the capacity of survivors, advocates, Native women’s organizations and victim service providers to end violence against Native women.

We believe that community organizing and dialogue at the local level increases the opportunity to develop strong, cooperative working relationships with one another in the work to end violence against women in our communities. The challenge for our communities is to reclaim traditional views of women, developing culturally-based responses to intimate partner violence that ensure the safety of Native women and hold those who batter accountable for their use of violence.

The Sacred Hoop Coalition provides training, technical assistance, and resources to tribal communities in Minnesota organizing to address domestic violence. It is our goal to build community-based responses that address violence against Indian women; keeping their voices at the forefront of our work.

StrongHearts Native Helpline

Native DV/SA survivors in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska can now connect at no cost, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who will provide support, assist with safety planning and connect them with resources based on their specific tribal affiliation, community location and culture. Callers outside of KS, OK, and NE can still call StrongHearts while the helpline continues to develop its services network. All services available through the helpline are confidential and available by dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Callers after hours will have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or to call back the next business day.


Coalition Trainings & Events

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Minnesota Coalitions Statement on Sex Trafficking

As the five statewide coalitions that work on crime victim issues in Minnesota, we have affirmatively come together to coordinate our work on the sexual exploitation of minors and adults. Our coalitions are:

Our coalitions each work on sexual exploitation issues — sexual exploitation of minors and adults. While each of us has unique ways that we address sex trafficking and have special areas of focus, we believe that it is beneficial for us to do this coalition work in a coordinated fashion. We as Coalitions are working together to provide a strong network of support to sustain the effort to address sex trafficking in the state of Minnesota.

What does this mean? We will be coordinating the work between and amongst our Coalitions. We will each continue to have specific areas of expertise and areas where we focus our work.

Jointly as Coalitions we will:

  • Convene our member programs who are working specifically on sex trafficking issues in order to provide more direct support and assistance to their work.
  • Have common website information. Each of our websites will feature the same sex trafficking page that provides information and resources.
  • Coordinate our public awareness and public policy work as it relates to sex trafficking.
  • Coordinate our responses to requests for training and technical assistance in order to maximize our resources and provide the best assistance possible.

We will work to maintain a sustainable focus and a strong network around sexual exploitation issues. We are excited to be coordinating our work on sex trafficking and look forward to furthering our work with all of our member programs and with our community partners. For more information about this joint coalition work, please contact any one of our Coalitions.

The Sacred Hoop Coalition views sex trafficking as violence against women. Native women are disproportionately represented as being victimized by this crime. As a coalition we are committed to “building the capacity of survivors, advocates, Native women’s organizations, victim service providers and programs to end violence against Native women, including victims of sex trafficking.”

Currently as a coalition, we are actively working towards ending sex trafficking of Native women by:

  • Providing statewide education and training on sex trafficking specific to Native American women and their communities;
  • Partnering with local organizations, both tribal and non-tribal, to work on issues victims face regarding sex trafficking;
  • Locating statewide sex trafficking resources and collaborating locally to create resources for our membership;
  • Bringing awareness to the violence that trafficking brings to our Native sisters and ensure that their voices are leading our work.

It is our goal to bring healing to our Native sisters and stand arm and arm against the violence being perpetrated against them and stop sex trafficking within our tribal communities both on and off the reservation.

Alyxis Feltus, The Sacred Hoop Coalition

Nicole Mathews, MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

Donna Dunn, MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Liz Richards, MN Coalition for Battered Women

Deb Jessen, Minnesota Alliance on Crime

The Sacred Hoop Coalition is supported by Grant No. 2016-IW-AX-0014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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