Kehli A. Henry
2015 Bea Medicine Winner 


Kehli Henry is a descendant of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, and a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, where she was awarded a University Enrichment Fellowship.  Kehli has lived in Michigan for most of her life, and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies at Central Michigan University in 2011. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kehli worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan for several years, first as a tutor and advocate for American Indian students in the public school system, and later in two grant positions for the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways (a cultural center and museum).  Her work with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe inspired her to attend graduate school.

Kehli is committed to undertaking research that is useful and relevant to American Indian communities, and is currently working on a preliminary research project and the development of her dissertation project with a Midwest American Indian Tribe. Both projects will examine issues of drug and alcohol addiction and treatment with a focus on youth perspectives and experiences. Kehli also serves as a mentor for American Indian youth in the Niijkewehn mentoring program, and as a council member for Michigan State University’s Indigenous Graduate Student Collective.