Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie

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Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie (Ho-Chunk Nation) is the Community Advocate Resource and Emotional Support (CARES) Director and Community Healer for HIR Wellness Institute (HIRWI). She was recently asked to work on the Wisconsin Department of Justice Missing and Murdered Indigenous Task Force legislative and policy work group. She provides professional development on the following topics: Indigenous/ First Nations/ Native American people and tribal nations; Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (C. Thunder); Mending Broken Hearts; Mothers of Tradition; Survivors of Suicide, Homicide and Genocide (White Bison, Inc.); pan-tribal attitudes; trauma-informed care; historic and intergenerational trauma; community resilience; bias, stereotyping, and prejudice; recovering at-risk youth; physical and sexual violence, sex trafficking and advocacy work. Pre-COVID, Barb worked for Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services and was board president for HIR WI.