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The Culture Wheel is a tool used by Mending the Sacred Hoop in Duluth, Minnesota in their training sessions.

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The Creator Wheel is a tool used by Mending the Sacred Hoop in Duluth, Minnesota in their training sessions.
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Additional Resources 

The resource sites below are categorized by general topic area. Some sites may fall under more than one topic area and may appear more than once. MSH does not monitor or advocate any internet site contained in this listing.

OVW Tribal Programs Technical Assistance Providers:

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC) – provides targeted technical assistance and training to develop and implement culturally-tailored training and TA for remote Native villages in Alaska. AKNWRC is dedicated to strengthening local, tribal government’s responses through community organizing efforts advocating for the safety of women and children in their communities and homes, especially against domestic and sexual abuse and violence with their Alaska Curriculum.

International Association of Forensic Nurses NICCSA Project supplements and supports the work of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP) NICCSA project. IAFN NICCSA provides technical assistance and training for tribal communities to assist in enhancing or establishing sexual assault coordinated community response models such as a Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) project or a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART); technical assistance and training to tribal governments and tribal courts on effective responses to sexual assault through web-based technology, regional training and on-site assistance; and on programming and services to address the unique environmental, cultural and traditional needs for Alaska tribal governments and villages.

Mending the Sacred Hoop TA Project (MSH-TA) – serves as the Comprehensive Technical Assistance Provider for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program grantees. MSH-TA works with tribes and Native communities, 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, with the goal of improving the safety of Native women who experience battering, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) – strengthens Native women’s voices and builds resources to create awareness and eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children, while working to influence social change and reclaim traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indian women and children. MIWSAC programs include: the Tribal Coalition and Training and Technical Assistance to OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Services grantees, Project Beacon grantees.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) – Through their comprehensive T/TA project, NCAI provides technical assistance, training and support to OVW Tribal Jurisdiction grantees and potential grantees to plan, develop and implement changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.

Native Alliance Against Violence (NAAV) – through the DATA Collection, Utilization, and Program Assessment Project, NAAV assists OVW Tribal Government and Tribal Jurisdiction Program grantees, subgrantees, and potential grantees on data collection and how to use data to develop or enhance programs to effectively respond to domestic and sexual violence occurring within their communities.

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) – serves as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. NIWRC supports culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and provides national leadership to ending gender-based violence for American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Native communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty.

Red Wind Consulting, Inc. – Red Wind Consulting’s vision is to strengthen Tribal programs and Native organizations’ ability to develop and enhance local responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through training and tribal technical assistance. Red Wind offers training on developing victim-centered and culturally appropriate shelters, safe homes, and transitional housing programs and technical assistance to build the capacity of Tribes in the development and implementation of their shelter, safe-home or transitional housing policies and procedures. They also provide technical assistance and training to assist grantees in working with Children and Youth, as well as Tribal College Campus (TCC) training and technical assistance.

Qizhjeh Heritage Institute – (QHI) offers training and technical assistance (TTA) to provide OVW tribal program grantees and tribal coalitions with hands-on training and tools to design, develop and deploy communications materials to address violence against women in Native communities.

Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP) – SWCLAP works across jurisdictions to develop comprehensive, interdisciplinary responses to violence in Indian country. Their staff of skilled trial attorneys has decades of experience working with tribal, state, and federal court systems and provides legal training and technical assistance to tribal communities and to organizations and agencies serving Native people. SWCLAP is the host of the National Tribal Trial College providing free legal training for attorneys, judges, law enforcement, advocates and community members on violence against Native women issues. Other projects include: the National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault and NICCSA Alaska, the National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault, specific to Alaska; as well as SAFESTAR, a tribal community sexual assault services training program.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) – TLPI facilitates the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to cost effective resources which can be adapted to meet the individual needs of their communities. They strive to establish programs which link tribal justice systems with other academic, legal, and judicial resources such as law schools, Indian law clinics, tribal colleges, Native American Studies programs, Indian legal organizations and consultants, tribal legal departments, other tribal courts, and other judicial/legal institutions.

Tribal Resources:

StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) The StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) is a safe, anonymous and confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. Advocates are available at no cost 24/7 when you are ready to reach out. StrongHearts offers immediate peer-to-peer support, crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals to culturally-appropriate resources. Visit for more information on abuse types and behaviors.

The National Advocacy Center (NAC) – The National Advocacy Center (NAC) is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. The facility is located on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Over 20,000 personnel are trained annually in advocacy skills and management of legal operations.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse – Links and information, including Tribal Courts, Tribal Constitutions and Tribal Codes.

Federal Court Decisions – This page provides links to all Federal Courts and case summaries of Indian law cases decided by the United States Supreme Court from 1991 through 2008 with links to the court syllabus, the full opinions for each case, and all dissents. This page also contains information concerning Indian law cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term.

Sexual Assault:

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) – works to strengthen the voices of Native women around the issue of sexual violence and build resources to create awareness and eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children, including  influencing social change and reclaiming traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indian women and children. MIWSAC also provides comprehensive technical assistance and training to OVW Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program grantees nationwide that are working to address sexual assault in their communities.

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault (NICCSA) – A project of Southwest Center for Law & Policy, the NICCSA strives to be a one-stop, comprehensive source for information on sexual violence in Indian Country. The NICCSA website offers information on important federal legislation, tribal codes, cutting edge articles by Indian Country experts, and funding opportunities, as well as monthly features of innovative practice tips by seasoned advocates and legal professionals.

National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault – Alaska (NICCSA Alaska) – A project of Southwest Center for Law & Policy, NICCSA Alaska offers information and resources on sexual violence affecting Native Alaska Native women.

SAFESTAR (Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations, Services, Training, Advocacy, and Resources) – designed to help American Indian/Alaska Native communities currently without the capacity to support universal access to SANE services, by providing intensive training and technical support to specially selected laypersons and traditional healthcare providers to: deliver emergency first-aid to SA victims; provide referrals for follow-up medical and other care; collect forensic evidence to promote increased accountability for perpetrators; and educate communities on the harm done by sexual violence.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) – is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. It provides an extensive on-line library and customized technical assistance, in addition to coordinating National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives.

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) – is an organization working at the state and national levels to prevent sexual violence, providing quality services to victims/survivors of sexual violence and their significant others. Their site contains statistics and information on: sexual violence, ways to stop rape, public policy, statutes, legal advocacy, medical advocacy and several resources.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) – is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Their website offers statistics, counseling resources information, prevention tips, news and more.

Tribal Forensic Healthcare Project – delivers training on the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence. Trainings allow medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics, and health stations within the Indian health system.

International Websites:

Amnesty International – Stop Violence Against Women – This site focuses on Amnesty International’s campaign to end violence against women.

Cornell Law School Global Legal Resources – This site contains national law with links by continent. It also contains United Nation materials (including treaties), and International Court of Justice opinions.

VIOLET: Law & Abused Women – Provides information and interactive services to meet the legal needs of abused women and service providers in Alberta and Canada.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.


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