Tasha Peltier

Tasha Peltier
Location: Mobridge, South Dakota Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Culture and Language, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Elder Care, End of Life/Late Stage Care, Food Systems and Nutrition, Health Care Access, LGBTQ+ Health, Maternal and Infant Health, Public, Population and Community Health, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Children and Families, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Rural Communities, Women's Health
Co-Executive Director
Mni Wichoni Health Circle

Tasha has had the privilege of engaging in work focused on reclaiming the inherent health and wellness practices of her home communities of Standing Rock Indian Reservation. This work has been accomplished through the nonprofit organization, Mni Wichoni Health Circle. This organization is led primarily by Indigenous women, including Tasha, who serves as co-executive director. They have been intentional about centering their organization and work around culture and ancestral knowledge. For generations, colonization has negatively impacted Indigenous communities through harmful practices intended to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream society, and in some cases, to eliminate Indigenous communities completely. These efforts were enacted through public policy and oppressive systems that attempted to push Indigenous people away from their own culture and values. The Mni Wichoni Health Circle has worked to co-create, with community, a culturally centered plan to improve health and wellness through culturally sustaining practices.

Tasha is Hunkpapa Lakota and an enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Nation. As a Culture of Health Leader, she has been motivated to challenge how dominant society views health and to create pathways for Indigenous communities to reclaim and uplift their own ways of healing and wellness.



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