JESSICA SMITH

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Jessica Smith (Gidagaakoons) is a proud member of SBI's Survivor Leadership Council. She is a proud Two-Spirit member of the Bois Forte Band of The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Jessica received her Associates of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2008. She is a member of the criminal justice honor society and is graduating with her BS in Legal Studies/ First Nations Studies in December 2021. She has just begun her masters program in Tribal Administration and Governance at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is a dedicated activist and advocate for social and systemic change and is committed to helping her people by using her experiences and trauma to fight for justice, the safety, wellbeing, and equality of Indigenous people. Jessica is passionate about raising survivor voices and Two-Spirit voices. Her work at SBI is important to her because she believes survivors and families should always come first. All the work Jessica does is for her people.