Katherine Eagle, J.D.

Anishinaabe – Wolf Clan (MSH, Inc. Executive Director). 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

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.

Jill Bellefeuille

Chippewa – (MSH, Inc. Learning & Resource Coordinator) 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.

 
 

Working to End Violence Against Native American Women

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