Bloodline of Resiliency
by Lisa Brunner
Lisa Brunner is a citizen of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation and is Wolf Clan. Currently, she is the Director of the Indigenous Women’s Human Rights Collective. She is also a Professor of Anishinaabe Culture at the White Earth Tribal and Community College and Director of the Community Extension Service and Cultural Department. Lisa has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault field for over 22 years and was the executive director of Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition whose work addressed violence against Native American and Alaska Native women. Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition is responsible for the creation of the Harm Reduction program on the White Earth reservation in its response to the heroin epidemic and has since become a model for Tribes and States. Ms. Brunner has advocated on the local, state, national and international levels to bring about change to public policy to address violence against Native women, men, and children. At the international and national level, she has served on numerous panels and groups addressing jurisdictional issues that impact the safety of Native women, men, and children. This includes service at the United Nations, including five years at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, participation in the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus, and a panel on violence against Indigenous Women of North America. She testified on “Violence Against Native Women in the United States” before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Lisa has also testified before the U.S. Congress on “Combating Human Trafficking: Federal, State, and Local Perspectives” for the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Lisa is also a founding member of the National Congress of American Indians, Violence Against Women Task Force and a Bush Foundation Fellow. Lisa has also been featured in publications such as The Inter-American Human Rights System-Handbook, National Museum of American Indians Magazine, and Restoration Magazine and is published in the journal, Psychology of Violence.