Kateri Coyhis, Mohican Nation, is the Director of White Bison in Colorado Springs, CO. White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to creating and sustaining a grassroots Wellbriety Movement that provides culturally based healing to the next seven generations of Indigenous People. Kateri joined the White Bison staff in 2001, after beginning her own journey into recovery. In her role as the Director, she coordinates national training events and conferences, collects data for evaluations of federal grants, assists in the development of culturally-based curriculum for youth and adults, assists the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, and trains community leaders across the country to implement a youth prevention program entitled Daughters of Tradition. Kateri continues to serve the Wellbriety Movement by providing community presentations to bring awareness to the programs White Bison offers for individual and family healing.
Kateri has been called to serve on a committees sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) efforts to promote healing for individuals and families in recovery including National Recovery Month Planning Partners Committee, where she has also assisted in coordinating Recovery Month efforts around the country; and, Bringing Recovery Support Services to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS-TACS), where she currently serves on the Steering Committee, has conducted webinar presentations, participated on an expert panel to discuss gaps in services for adults in recovery and their families, and assisted in the development of a toolkit kit for Youth Recovery: Youth and Young Adult Leadership Development.
Kateri also is a co-author for a chapter in Radical Psychology: Multicultural and Social Justice Decolonization Initiatives (2018). Kateri received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.