Lead Community Advocate
"It's easier to tell the truth than a lie, you don't have to try to remember the truth. It takes more energy to lie than it does to tell the truth. Healing requires us to recognize the truth in all areas."
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Thresa identifies as Native American, a member of the Menominee Nation. She is a Milwaukee native, mother of three girls, and wife. Her husband is Onondaga from New York. Thresa is a firm believer in empowering our Native relatives, whether through spiritual or traditional teachings. Before working with HIRWI, Thresa dedicated herself to volunteering in her Native community and is recognized by Native organizations and community members for her efforts. She is a respected and trusted voice in the community and is driven to making a difference for her community.
As an advocate and survivor of violence, she supports survivors who have been impacted by sexual assault, domestic, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People [MMIP]. She serves as a committee member for the HIRWI MANA Award that honors and recognizes Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and their families.
Thresa's husband and children used to travel all spring and summer to powwows all over the United States, selling their beadwork, moccasins, and beading supplies while her girls danced and prayed hard. Her family teaches beading classes. Thresa has decided to put that all on hold to serve her relatives. She is compassionate, non-judgmental, and Native strong. She is here to help, be a listening ear, and a friend that is never-judging-always-empowering.
Waewanen, for having me! - Thresa