WISE Coalition Meeting: Stories of Recovery in Native American Communities

Feb 20, 2024

9:30 am

 - 11:30 am

Addressing Stigma at the Intersection of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Mental Health

About this event

Be part of this critical conversation and contribute to a greater understanding and support of recovery journeys in Native American communities, hosted virtually from Wisconsin.

About the Speakers

Speaker: Debra A. Valentino
Debra A. ValentinoDebra A. (Gauthier) Valentino, Tribal Affiliation or Heritage:  Enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Bear Clan, and descendent of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. B.A. in Community Studies, 37 years, committed and excelled in managerial, leadership, and administrative positions of increasing demand and responsibility. Last 7 years, became a Certified Recovery Coach, and Certified Facilitator for White Bison, Mending Broken Hearts with Wellbriety Training Institute through Wise Women Gathering Place. Served on many board/committees for 25 plus years, such as; AIC, America Indian Center in Chicago, founding member of CNAUIR Chicago’s Native America Urban Indian Retreat, NAES College, Native America Educational Service, and most current, grassroots organization for the Oneida Nation, Yukwatsistay^ Our Fire, Our Spirit Within Each One of Us.

Speaker: Clint Peterson
Clint PetersonClint Peterson is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Professionally, he maintains a CDL and is employed as a semi-truck driver. For 20 plus years he was an IV heroin user and was incarcerated in the state of Wisconsin five times for a total of 10 years. He took recovery into his own hands and researched substance abuse disorder, informally interviewed other people with substance abuse, and applied the knowledge to give himself a better quality of life. In addition to his career, he now plays an active role in the recovery community.

Moderator: Mark W, Powless
Mark W, PowlessMark W. Powless (Oneida Nation) graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Economics in 1997. He later returned to Marquette and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2007. He has spent the past 32 years working with and for Native American people both in Oneida and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently he is the General Manager over programs and services for the Oneida Nation. He also serves on the WISE Executive Committee.


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