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.

Alyxis Feltus

Grand Portage Ojibwe (Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition Director). 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 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.

Carmen Volk

(Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition Project Coordinator). Carmen joined the staff of the Sacred Hoop Tribal Coalition in April of 2020. Her most recent experience has been working with the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth, MN as a Giiwe Mobile case manager, providing support and referrals for homeless families. Prior to that, Carmen worked in the community as a mental health crisis response member of Birch Tree Mobile for over three years. She received her bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of MN Duluth. Carmen has a passion for collaborating with individuals, educating, and mindfulness. She is originally from the Black Hills of SD; however, she has been living in Duluth now for over a decade. Carmen spends most of her free time outdoors with her partner, son, and bulldog.

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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