Jaclyn Bissonette

Research Assistant

Jaclyn Bissonette is an enrolled member of the Bishop Numa Tribe (Paiute), she is also Newa (Shoshone), and Oglala Lakota. Jaclyn is currently in a graduate program at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California. She is set to graduate in the Spring of 2021, with a Master’s degree in Social Work in Rural and Indigenous Communities. After receiving her Master’s degree, she will continue her studies by obtaining a Licensed Clinic Social Worker certification. Her research is focused on, the Indian Child Welfare Act, Foster Children and the intersectionality of Intergenerational Trauma and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. She is an advocate for inherent rights to sovereignty, to clean water, to traditional food ways, to regain ancestral knowledge, to recover land, and to integrate cultural healing from colonialism. Jaclyn is dedicated to help in the healing process of Indigenous communities oppressed by violence and trauma. Her studies, culture, educational foundations, life perspective, personal background, and compassion, have helped to shape her experience as a Native American woman. She will continue to cultivate and progress towards developing her skill set, so that she can contribute to Tribal communities in positive ways.