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Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart:  Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Among Native Peoples of North America

Dr. Brave Heart (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota) is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Native American and Disparities Research in the Division of Community Behavioral Health at the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry, in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Brave Heart introduced the concept of historical trauma and historical unresolved grief for American Indians and by 1992, developed and delivered the first Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Historical trauma is the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding across generations, due to the devastating effects of massive collective losses and catastrophic events which began with European contact and colonization. Dr. Brave Heart continues to help Indigenous peoples of the Americas find the sacred path to healing through culturally responsive interventions and ongoing clinical research. Dr. Brave Heart has just completed a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of the Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention in Northern Plains reservation and Southwest urban tribal behavioral health settings. Currently, she is one of four Principal Investigators on a newly-funded National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health. Dr. Brave Heart, a seasoned clinician, provides clinical services and training in trauma informed and historical trauma informed care through Indian Health Service nationally.

Dr. Brave Heart has been invited to share her work with tribal communities, professional organizations and academic institutions across North America. We hope you will come join us for this special opportunity to learn from Dr. Brave Heart.

The Question and Answer portion will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Poupart (Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabeg), Director and Chair- First Nations Education Doctorate/ First Nations Studies, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Location and Time

Monday, November 27th
5:00–6:30 p.m. Lecture
6:30–7:00 p.m. Facilitated Q&A
7:00–7:30 p.m. Reception

Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom, 3rd Floor
1442 West Wisconsin Avenue



Dr. Brave Heart is the Ralph Metcalfe Chair, a program sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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