Dr. Jackson joined MCW January 16, 2023, as assistant professor with a background serving Indian Country with an emphasis on Community Based Participatory Research. He is part of the Great Lakes Native American Research Center for Health (GLNARCH) Community Scientific Advisory Committee serving the Bemidji Area. He has worked extensively with Native American students in student development programs through storytelling and cultural teachings combining academic research and Indigenous ways of being. Furthermore, Dr. Jackson is trained as a Family Circles AODA Prevention Program facilitator; providing instruction in language, traditional cultural practices, history, and culture of Native people will be preserved, thereby restoring pride in the identity of Anishnabe. With an introspective approach in which family members examine their own behaviors, the curriculum enables individuals to better understand how the process of realizing positive healthy lifestyles within the family begins with self-esteem building, coping skills building through Indian culture, values and lifestyles.