CONNECTIONS IN INDIGENOUS RESEARCH, CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND EQUITY
I am Kait Hirchak, a descendant of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe/White, mixed European ancestry (Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Slovenia, to name a few). I spent my childhood summers on my family ranch on the beautiful Wind River Indian Reservation before moving there full-time when I was 15. I attended the Wind River Tribal College and worked on the reservation for 4 years prior to pursuing my graduate training. My Mom and extended family continue to reside on the reservation in Fort Washakie.
I am proud and honored to be able to carry forward the dreams of my ancestors. The work we do through the CIRCLE Collab in partnership with PRISM and other collaborators is for our remarkable Indigenous ancestors, families, and future generations.
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CIRCLE COLLAB HIGHLIGHTS
Jalene Herron, Kait Hirchak, & Alex Hernandez-Vallant at the 2023 Collaborative Perspectives in Addiction in beautiful Abq. Kait presented as part of a clinical roundtable, "Reinforcement and Life-enhancing Treatments for Addiction: Applications Across Diverse Settings and Populations."
Here’s Kait Hirchak and Sara Parent together once more with Drs. Sara Becker and Bryan Garner (not pictured but somewhere around there) presenting as part of the symposium, “This Addiction Treatment Works. Why is it so Underutilized?” at the 15th Annual D&I Conference in Washington, DC.