Circle Keepers

To reflect our Tribal values, we refer to our governing body as the Circle Keepers.

To ensure the needs of the organization are met, tasks have been delegated and reflect the functions of a traditional Board of Directors. Major decisions are made collectively to reflect the universal Tribal value of being inclusive and for the benefit of all Tribal members, reservation, rural or urban, in the State of Minnesota, regardless of Tribal affiliation. Our By-Laws require that the leadership of the Circle Keepers consist of American Indian and/or Alaska Native women. The Circle Keepers shall consist of no more than ten and no less than five members.

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We are NOW ACCEPTING Applications for new Circle Keepers!



Embody and Cultivate the Matriarchy:

Uphold the highest standard of attendance, timeliness, and adherence to tribally grounded decision making, where each voice matters, is heard and respected.


Circle Keeper Leadership and Development:

Support and engage in decolonizing strategies and liberatory practices to end gender-based violence. Participate in planning and approving long-range plans with Staff and Membership. 


Hiring and Supervision of the Executive Director:

Hire the Executive Director. Evaluate their performance annually. Support the Director in maintaining a healthy organization.


Financial Oversight, Care and Compliance:

Work with staff to prepare financial reports, budgets, and ensure sound fiscal oversight, adherence to tribal, state and federal laws, and responsibility to MIWSAC.

Culturally Honoring Ambassadorship:

Represent MIWSAC as a Native woman-led, survivor-centered organization in the community, with funders, tribal leadership, and other stakeholders.



  1. Steadfast commitment to attend regularly scheduled Circle Keepers meetings, (in person, or virtually via phone or zoom); read meeting and background information, and come prepared to discuss information. 
  2. Ability to model personal and professional development, place value on self-reflection and growth, and provide inspiration and leadership.
  3. Adherence to MIWSAC Mission, Vision, Purpose, and legal and fiscal responsibilities.
  4. Experience in one or more of the following areas: Financial management, fundraising, community organizing, public speaking, technology, education, law, marketing, advocacy, nonprofit personnel, systems change, social and racial justice, and eradicating gender-based violence.

MIWSAC has a strong sisterhood within the coalition and strives

to empower and support one another in the work to end sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and children.

MIWSAC strives to incorporate our culture and spirituality into everything we do,

including our internal policies and the work we do within the community.

Keeper of Traditional Ways

Maret Banks

Keeper of Finances

Kate Kalk

Keeper of Records


Circle Keepers

Sarah Curtiss

Kimberly Bolig

Beth O’Keefe

Tara Lewis

Rachel Goodsky

Anne Haines Holy Eagle

Kaitlyn Grenier

Tanya LaFromboise