The Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, Reclaiming Our Sacredness, represents the rural, isolated tribes in a six state area of the northern Great Plains. Active members are Native women who are either staff or volunteers of tribal government operated or community-based service programs offering services in domestic violence or sexual assault. Members are from tribes in a seven state area, historically referenced as the Great Sioux Nation, and are represented in the Society.
The Society evolved from the need for the small individual programs to have support, share promising practices and frustrations, network, obtain culturally and linguistically specific technical assistance, training, consultation, and collaborate to strengthen strategies and responses to violence in their respective tribal communities.
The geographical area that constitutes the service area of the Society includes tribes in southern Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Tribes represented in the organization include the Upper and Lower Sioux Tribes in Minnesota, Omaha, Ponca, Santee and Winnebago Tribes in Nebraska, Fort Peck, Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes in Montana, Arapaho and Shoshone in Wyoming, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, Lower Brule, Crow Creek, Sisseton-Wahpeton (Lakota Traverse) and Yankton Sioux in South Dakota as well as Spirit Lake and urban Native populations of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Tribal populations are culturally and geographically isolated and have been identified as underserved populations for a variety of reasons. The typical profile of a domestic violence and/or sexual assault program in this service area is a one woman program with a small budget.