Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Anthony Newkirk, PhD.

CEO | Warriors Code
Pronouns: he/ him/ his
Founder & CEO Dr. Anthony Newkirk is a Native American & African American 10-year (1989-2000) USAF ammunition specialist veteran. Also formerly incarcerated (3 years in prison for DUI 2005-2008) and upon release achieved a Bachelor’s degree In Information Technology from Ottawa University in 2009, an MBA from Keller Graduate in 2010 and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from Capella University in 2019. He is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community, an Akimel O’odham tribal member (Tohono O’odham & Hopi lineage as well) that was born Chicago, Illinois and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands: More Healing and Less Colonization in Behavioral Health

Indigenous people have been under attack since colonization became a reality on our land. We have foreign institutions labeling Indigenous folks with Severe Mental Illness and with an array of social dysfunctions. What they don't consider is the level of cultural attachment to Indigenous ways and the lack of wanting to align with the colonized mainstream society. We are that bridge that helps our relatives navigate the institutions and find resources that can assist with services to get people on their feet and on a path that aligns with their higher purpose.

There are behavioral health programs starting up all around us and they are not understanding the historical trauma of Indigenous folks. They are not understanding our upbringing and the reasons behind the substance abuse. This often leads to misinterpretations of the client and creating a proper treatments plan that will lead to a successful recovery.

Speakers: Anthony Newkirk, PhD., Jiivik Siiki, Clarence Kelley