Dr. LaVonne Fox Peltier, PhD, OTR/L, is a Technical Trainer with the Mountain Plains MHTTC as well as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota’s Bureau of Evaluation & Research Service, part of the Department of Education, Health, and Behavioral Studies. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribal Nation, deeply committed to creating culturally relevant interventions informed by Indigenous practices to address mental health issues. Dr. Fox Peltier focuses on children, youth, and young adults dealing with mental health challenges in both rural and urban settings. She advocates strongly for strength-based approaches, challenging deficit-based practices commonly used in education and mental health care. Her work aims to bridge the gap between cultural understanding and mental health care, particularly for Indigenous peoples, while also exploring the impact of historical, generational, and intergenerational trauma within communities and populations.