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 is a Legal Studies and First Nations Studies student at The University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is a McNair Scholar and a member of Native Nations Student Organization. She is a student representative for the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Advisory Board on her campus. She received her Associates of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in 2008. She is in her senior year at UWS, where she is a Dean's List student. She has received multiple UW Foundation Scholarships and received the Justice Service Award from the Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Program for her dedication to MMIP. After she graduates, she plans on going to grad school to get her Masters in Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law. 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. She advocates for Two-Spirit visibility in several trainings for governmental agencies that she has facilitated. Jessica strongly advocates for cultural healing and uses culture to keep her grounded in all the work she does.