02 Dec 2016
Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie is a Ho-Chunk Nation tribal member and currently the Resource Center supervisor for the Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services, Child & Family Services division, and now facilitates facilitator training groups in Mending Broken Ho-Chunk Hearts, Medicine Wheel, produces parent coaching materials, and edits the division’s employee newsletter. Barb has worked for the Ho-Chunk Nation Office of the President in an executive capacity for over a decade and served in capacities such as chief of staff, public relations, and executive directors of education, business and social services.
She received her bachelors degree from Winona State University and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. She is currently on hiatus from her doctoral studies in Education Leadership with St. Mary’s University.
She has recently been appointed as a design research partner to a national Family Leadership Design Collaborative (FLDC) through Washington State University. In 2011, Barb became a “Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity” (SEED) Project on Inclusive Curriculum nationally trained facilitator. Since then, she has run several local groups, has been part of the leadership group for WI SEED Institute, and has recently been contracted to assist with National SEED Leaders Week training.
Also a representative of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, Barb currently serves as Vice President and represents the Western Region of Wisconsin. She served
* State Superintendent’s Task Force for Rural Schools, Libraries and Communities from 2005-2015.
* As the first Native American to be elected to the Black River Falls School District Board of Education and appointed a Policy-Resolutions committee member for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
* State Superintendent’s High School Task Force, charged with discovering and providing recommendations for best high school practices in the state. The final report and recommendations from the High School Task Force are available through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Barb is a past recipient of the Josephine WhiteEagle Fellowship and the two-time recipient of the prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Journalist in Residence. Barb’s background allowed her to instruct students at the University of WI—Eau Claire in the fields of Communication/ Journalism, American Indian Studies, Women’s Studies, and in the School of Education.
Adding to her growing repertoire of workshop topics, Barb offers professional development to groups and organizations on topics such as trauma-informed care, historic and intergenerational trauma, Act 31, bias, recovering at-risk youth to the school setting, special education advocacy, and working with Native American students.
In 2006, Barb was awarded the UWEC Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award from the UW System’s Women’s Studies Consortium and Office of Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for her work in the Ho-Chunk community, coaching and advising youth on resiliency and academic success.
She lives in Black River Falls with her husband, Drew, and two children, Jo and William.