Working to End Violence Against Native American Women

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Mending the Sacred Hoop, Inc. is a Native-led non-profit organization dedicated to addressing and ending  violence against Native women. We organize on issues surrounding violence against American Indian/Alaska Native women in our home community of Duluth, MN and throughout the State of Minnesota. Nationally we work with Tribes and Native communities that are addressing the issues of domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, sex trafficking and stalking in their communities. We provide training to strengthen Tribal and Native community responses to these crimes, including advocacy and systems responses, community understanding and awareness, engaging men in the work to end violence against women, and coordinating community responses that provide for women’s safety and uphold offender accountability.

WHAT FRAMES OUR WORK

Native women are the highest victimized population in the United States by perpetrators of all races. (Bureau of Crime Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. American Indians and Crime Report. Washington: 1999).

Violence against women is a social problem that affects individuals, families, and communities (including schools, medical, and judicial institutions), and as such, requires societal change.

Colonization is based in a belief that one group has the right to exert their will over another and use people and resources for their own gain.

Domestic and sexual violence is about establishing power and maintaining control.

Acculturated values and beliefs have eroded our Indigenous structures and lifeways.

We must reclaim our own Indigenous teachings on culture and values to create social change in and for our communities.

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OUR MISSION

Mending the Sacred Hoop works from a social change perspective to end violence against Native women and children while restoring the safety, sovereignty, and sacredness of Native women. We are dedicated to strengthening the voice and vision of Native peoples. Our approach is founded on grassroots organizing within communities, restoring the leadership of Native women in addressing domestic and sexual violence.

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OUR LOGO

The Hoop, or Circle is one of the most powerful Native American symbols for wellness and creative problem solving. It represents wholeness, health, and harmony with self, family, community, nation, and the universe.

Mending the Sacred Hoop’s logo references Indigenous people healing from the devastating effects of European migration. The Sacred Hoop, broken by the effects of colonization, is being mended, beginning in the seventh generation.

Our logo represents the healing of our communities based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Each section of the Medicine Wheel represents one of the four cardinal directions with a corresponding color. The outer rim shows the Hoop as being broken, and the ribbon signifies our work – we are in the process of mending the Sacred Hoop. The turtle represents Earth, North America/Turtle Island, wisdom, longevity, and woman. As women are at the center of our work, our families, and our communities we place the turtle in the center of the Sacred Hoop.

SACRED HOOP COALITION

Sacred Hoop Tribal Domestic Violence Coalition organizes to raise the voices of Native women throughout Minnesota, building the capacity of survivors, advocates, Native women’s organizations, and victim service providers to end domestic violence against American Indian women.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT

Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project (MSH-TA) provides training and technical assistance to the USDOJ Office on Violence Against Women Tribal grantees to support them in their efforts to address domestic and sexual violence against women in their communities.

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OUR STAFF

Katherine Eagle, JD: Executive Director

Anishinaabe – Wolf Clan
Katy Eagle works with both the TA Project and the Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition. She has worked in Indian Child Welfare and special education law, but most of her career has been working with survivors of sexual violence, domestic assault, and trafficking, as an advocate and later as an attorney. Her work has included direct client representation, developing holistic legal services specifically for sexual assault survivors, and engaging in efforts to the change the systems that create barriers for survivors. Katy attended law school at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College. She is currently a Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault board member. Katy and her partner live just outside Duluth, MN with their three elementary-aged children.

Holly Oden

Holly Oden: Resource and Information Specialist

Anishinaabe
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.

Jill Bellefeuille

Jill Bellefeuille: Training and Resource Coordinator

Chippewa
Jill began work with both the Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition and TA Project in March of 2020. She has spent the last decade in the public education system as a language arts teacher for middle and high school students. Working within this system highlighted many of the systemic challenges inherent within the larger society that perpetuate a cycle of control and oppression, while also strengthening her belief in the power of education as a means to break that cycle and reclaim individual sovereignty. Jill was drawn to work with MSH as a means to reignite the belief in education as a pathway to reclaim one’s personal power and create positive change from the inside out. She believes ending violence against Native women will create ripples of healing energy essential to the overall health of the nation. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in literature, language and culture from the University of MN Duluth and her master’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica.

Katherine Eagle, JD
Katherine Eagle, JDExecutive Director
Anishinaabe – Wolf Clan
Katy Eagle works with both the TA Project and the Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition. She has worked in Indian Child Welfare and special education law, but most of her career has been working with survivors of sexual violence, domestic assault, and trafficking, as an advocate and later as an attorney. Her work has included direct client representation, developing holistic legal services specifically for sexual assault survivors, and engaging in efforts to the change the systems that create barriers for survivors. Katy attended law school at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College. She is currently a Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault board member. Katy and her partner live just outside Duluth, MN with their three elementary-aged children.
Holly Oden
Holly OdenResource and Information Specialist
Anishinaabe
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.
Jill Bellefeuille
Jill BellefeuilleTraining and Resource Coordinator
Chippewa
Jill began work with both the Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition and TA Project in March of 2020. She has spent the last decade in the public education system as a language arts teacher for middle and high school students. Working within this system highlighted many of the systemic challenges inherent within the larger society that perpetuate a cycle of control and oppression, while also strengthening her belief in the power of education as a means to break that cycle and reclaim individual sovereignty. Jill was drawn to work with MSH as a means to reignite the belief in education as a pathway to reclaim one’s personal power and create positive change from the inside out. She believes ending violence against Native women will create ripples of healing energy essential to the overall health of the nation. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in literature, language and culture from the University of MN Duluth and her master’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica.

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