Brenda Hill

Brenda Hill

Brenda Hill is the Director of Technical Assistance & Training for NIWRC. Brenda Hill (Siksika) has been an advocate for ending violence against Native women and their children for over 30 years. Her work creating social change through advocacy that confronts the root causes of violence/ oppression, and women-centered, inclusive, trauma-informed approaches, is based upon a grassroots, proactive, culturally based perspective. Making connections and relationship building are central to her philosophy.

Before coming to NIWRC, Brenda was an independent consultant/ trainer, following her position as the Native Co-Director for the South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence (SDCEDSV).  Prior to that position, Brenda was the Education Coordinator for Sacred Circle, National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women for over 11 years. Her work includes the development of culturally-based educational materials, creating and facilitating trainings, technical assistance and consultation to tribal programs, coalitions and allies. She is a founding mother & former Director of the Women’s Circle Shelter Program on the Lake Traverse Reservation. She was also faculty for the Sisseton‑Wahpeton Community College where she developed and taught courses for a chemical dependency degree program.

Brenda earned a B.A. from New York University and an M.A. and certificate in alcohol and drug studies from the University of South Dakota, but attributes her expertise in the area of advocacy to the many grassroots women who have honored her with their stories and trust in her as an advocate, her personal experience as a survivor, and her relationships with grassroots advocates.

You can contact Brenda at bhill {at} niwrc {dot} org.