Tami Jollie-Trottier

Tami Jollie-Trottier
Location: Belcourt, North Dakota Cohort Start Year: 2019
Seven Stone: Center for Behavioral Health and Healing

Dr. Jollie-Trottier practices an action-oriented leadership approach to bringing change to her tribal community in Belcourt, N.D., and beyond. She’s building a behavioral health model to provide culturally responsible healing to indigenous people. She utilizing her experience in Culture of Health Leaders to focus on a model of psychological health that fosters creative healing by incorporating cultural teachings, spirituality, and art into mainstream psychological theory, using both direct clinical services and community-based outreach. She plans to use her leadership in culturally responsible psychological healing not only with tribes but also nationally.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE: Creative Indigenized Trauma Training for Tribal Communities
I am an Indigenous psychologist, identified the need for creative Indigenized models of healing within westernized institutions. Native Americans experience higher prevalence rates of mental health and educational disparities. Indigenous communities are in desperate need of specialized training offered by an Indigenous provider. I will work directly with K-12 schools in her reservation community of Belcourt, North Dakota, by offering creative indigenized trauma training that addresses the cultural needs of the tribal community. This initiative will increase access to culturally creative theories and tools for school professionals to implement into the everyday school atmosphere. Indigenous educational systems have limited funding, resources, and access to therapeutic services when compared to mainstream society, yet tribal communities suffer from higher rates of suicide, substance abuse, and trauma-related illness. The cultural teachings that offer knowledge, understanding, and healing from such issues are highly inaccessible due to historical trauma associated with colonization. My initiative is addressing one of the most significant barriers to achieving healing by utilizing an approach based on cultural teaching, values, traditions, and norms.

Dr. Jollie-Trottier, known by her elders as Red Wind Woman and Winter Bloom, Anishinaabe names given to her, is an indigenous clinical psychologist and entrepreneur who’s changing the Culture of Health in Indian Country and beyond by developing an indigenous behavioral health model of healing. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She strives to empower indigenous women leaders to contribute innovative movement toward healing leadership in tribal communities. She believes that her ancestors knew how to LIVE WELL, and that it is time to reclaim and revive their native spirituality, teachings, and ceremonies to not only heal indigenous tribes, but to start changing the Culture of Health for all.

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