Mending the Sacred Hoop is a Native-owned and operated nonprofit organization that seeks to end violence against Native American women and children throughout the state of Minnesota. Mending the Sacred Hoop also works with Tribes and Native communities throughout the country to address violence against Native women on a national level. The organization was founded in Duluth, MN, home to large American Indian/Alaskan Native communities, in the 1980’s. It has grown from a collection of organizing efforts addressing Native women’s issues.
Native women face the highest rates of victimization of any population in the United States by perpetrators of all races. Mending the Sacred Hoop was created to combat this injustice through advocacy and organizing. The organization works to “reclaim indigenous teachings on culture and values to create social change” within Native communities locally and nationally.
Mending the Sacred Hoop began as a program within the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) with the original goal of changing the way Native women’s issues are addressed systemically. In the decades since its founding, it has expanded and separated from DAIP to become its own nonprofit. The organization provides a range of services and programs to prevent violence within Native communities. They provide technical assistance and training to support effective community responses to crimes against women and children. Additionally, they have established male perpetrator re-education classes, host community gatherings to integrate the voices of community members, and oversee an intervention project in a local county. Furthermore, Mending the Sacred Hoop has participated in local, state, and national advocacy. One of the organization’s largest successes was a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to create the Sacred Hoop S.T.O.P. Violence Against Indian Women Technical Assistance Project.