Gwendolyn Packard (Ihanktowan)

Gwendolyn (Gwen) currently serves as Director for Morning Star House, Inc., a grass roots, community-based, advocacy organization for Indian women and children, who are victims of domestic violence in New Mexico.

Gwenolyn has worked extensively for the past 28 years in Indian affairs, both at the national and tribal level. She has worked for such national Indian advocacy organizations as the National Congress of American Indians and the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association. In addition, she has developed programs and organized training programs for the National American Indian Court Judges Association and the National Association of Community Health Representatives. She has served as editor for six national Indian publications. In 1990, Gwen was instrumental in founding the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). She has made a commitment to social change in working to address social issues that affect the health and well being of Indian people and barriers that oppress Indian women and children. She is the mother of three children, a son Brian, and two daughters, Genny and Rita. She has no grandchildren (and this is of deep concern to her), however, she does have one grand dog named Benny. It is for this reason that we shine this month’s community spotlight on Gwendolyn Packard (Ihanktowan).