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Laura Mae (Coyhis) Hom

2019 Inductee

Laura Mae (Coyhis) Hom (1949-2011), the embodiment of a Woman Warrior and Servant Leader, was protective of family, community and culture and stood firm for principles and honor. She served on the Board of Denver Indian Health and Family Services, volunteered at the Denver Indian Center, and served as the first female President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council in Wisconsin, addressing community development and environmental issues. Laura also coordinated the distribution of care baskets for men and women in Colorado prisons, served as a healthy role model for children whose parents were incarcerated, provided healthcare resources for the elderly, and worked to address stereotyping of Native Americans in educational materials.

In Colorado Springs, she served as Executive Director of White Bison until 2001, supervising staff and training programs as well as coordinating nationwide Wellbriety Journeys of the Sacred Hoop to initiate community healing. Laura also supervised White Bison’s Combined Federal Campaign fundraising events in southern Colorado, providing inmates in Colorado prisons with Wellbriety resources. She organized Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Recovery Month community events throughout Colorado to celebrate Native Americans in recovery. After 2001 and until her passing, she distributed Wellbriety Training curriculum throughout the U.S. and Canada as director for Coyhis Publishing.