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Indigenous Healing With Traditional Entheogens

Broadcast on May 10, 2023
With Christine Diindiisi McCleave, MA
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

You'll hear from trauma expert Christine Diindiisi McCleave how the psychedelic renaissance can perpetuate historical trauma and colonialism, or help society to evolve to a place where we have greater harmony with each other and the Earth.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The conditions that led to widespread Indigenous historical trauma
  • How the psychedelic renaissance can perpetuate historical trauma and colonialism
  • Indigenous worldviews that include greater harmony with each other and the earth
The views expressed are specific to the author/speaker and may vary from the perspectives of The Shift Network's participants, staff, or other speakers.
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Christine Diindiisi McCleave, MA

Indigenous Consultant, PhD Student

Christine Diindiisi McCleave is a scholar and an activist. She is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation and has been working in Indian Country at the national level for more than 10 years. Most recently, as the CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, she advocated for truth, justice, and healing for the ongoing trauma from the genocidal policy of U.S. Indian boarding schools. Prior to that, she was the communications officer for the Indian Land Tenure Foundation advocating for #LandBack in the U.S.

With a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master's degree in leadership, she conducted her master's thesis on Native American spiritual leadership and the intersectionality of Native spirituality and Christianity in the spectrum of Native spiritual practices today. Christine is currently a doctoral student pursuing her PhD in Indigenous Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where her dissertation is focused on using traditional entheogenic plant medicines to heal Indigenous historical trauma. Her scholarship and advocacy continue to concentrate on the intersection of cultural, political, and spiritual agency for global Indigenous rights, and the neuroscience of healing historical trauma as a generational survivor of U.S. Indian boarding schools and settler-colonial genocidal violence. She is dedicated to prioritizing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in all sectors and communities, particularly decolonizing spaces in psychedelic research pertaining to Indigenous plant medicines. She is a board member of the Psychedelic Society of MN.

Christine Diindiisi McCleave, MA