T1W 2022 Keynote Speaker and Presentation

Tricia Zunker has served as Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court since 2013. She has also served as President of the Wausau Board of Education, is founding director of Central Wisconsin Indigenous Peoples’ Day Committee, and is a member of Ho-Chunk Nation. She is a first generation college graduate, earning a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. In addition to her work as Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice, she is a longtime educator.  She teaches concurrently in the Legal Studies department at University of Maryland, in the Criminal Justice department at Colorado State University-Global Campus, and serves as law professor at California School of Law, where she is also Dean of Faculty. Tricia was also candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in 2020. She is a member of the ACLU of Wisconsin Board of Directors, including serving on the Executive Committee, and a member of the Midwest Environmental Advocates Board of Directors.  Tricia’s lived experiences have instilled in her a passion for public education, social justice, protecting the environment, ensuring fundamental rights and achieving representation reflective of society. She resides in Wausau, Wisconsin with her twelve year-old son and their rescue pup, Diesel.

This discussion will focus on efforts in Wisconsin to address ongoing overt racism and erasure against Indigenous Peoples in society. The speaker will share specific efforts at improving diversity, equity and inclusion on a few critical issues including the mascot issue, Act 31 compliance in Wisconsin (or lack thereof), the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Persons epidemic and other modern-day issues faced by Native communities. The roles of opportunity and representation will also be addressed. The discussion will conclude with identification of meaningful actions community members and allies can take to achieve to inclusive, safe spaces to further healing and provide opportunities to thrive.