Training and Technical Assistance on Violence Against Indian Women

Welcome to Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project. MSH-TA works under a collaborative agreement with the U.S. DoJ, Office on Violence Against Women to provide training and technical assistance to U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Grantees who are working to address violence against women in their communities. We work with villages, reservations, rancherias and pueblos across the United States to improve the justice system, law enforcement, and service provider response to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Native communities.

Our mission is to restore safety and integrity to Native women by assisting Native Sovereign Nations in strengthening their response to domestic violence and sexual assault. We work to improve the safety of Native women who experience battering, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by assisting tribes with training, technical assistance and resource materials that specifically address violence against American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Our approach recognizes that individual Nations are responding to violence against women by creating strategies at the local level distinct to their available resources and cultural perspectives. We believe progress at the local level increases the opportunity to learn from each other and share effective strategies. The challenge for our Nations is to reclaim traditional views of women, developing a Native justice response that upholds accountability and works to end violence against Native women. It is our responsibility to develop strong, cooperative, formal working relationships with one another. It is within our grasp to dramatically alter our response to women who have been battered and sexually assaulted.

Violence Against Native Women Training Topics

To achieve our mission, MSH-TA offers trainings on such topics as: Advocacy, Sexual Assault, Creating a Coordinated Community Response, Native Women’s Leadership, Developing Batterer Intervention Programs in Tribal Communities, and Tribal Program Development and Grant Management. Trainings are tailored to meet the needs and resources of individual tribal communities and participants, and range from general information to advanced content.

Technical Assistance OVW Tribal Grantees

We provide technical assistance to OVW tribal grantees through our website, referrals, and phone consultations. MSH-TA is available for consultation on a variety of issues, and also offers referrals to trainers, faculty or other grantees working on similar issues. In addition, we offer relevant support information from our resource library.

Available MSH-TA Trainings & Consultations

Trainings & Workshops – MSH-TA is dedicated to the safety and sovereignty of Native women, assisting Native communities in the development and enhancement of culturally specific responses to violence against women based on each community’s unique circumstances. We provide culturally relevant on-site trainings and workshops addressing violence against Native women to Office on Violence Against Women tribal grantees on:

We also offer training and consultation on facilitating education groups and grassroots organizing on issues that affect the safety & sovereignty of Native women.

Consultations – MSH-TA offers on-site consultations for planning and program development. These may include one to three days of evaluation and assessment of services such as shelter, advocacy, batterers’ re-education, developing a coordinated community response, law enforcement, developing tribal visitation centers, and other related programs.

Trainings and workshops are customized to your community’s needs and resources. Call us toll-free at: 1-888-305-1650.

MSH-TA is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K069 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.