Paula Smith, MS
Grants, Compliance, and Tribal Administrative Assistant
Kickapoo Tribe, Kansas

Paula Smith is the Grants, Compliance, and Tribal Administrative Assistant for the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. Her responsibilities include coordinating several federally funded projects that focus on reaching the highest level of health for tribal members. She is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation.

Ms. Smith received an undergraduate degree in Indigenous and American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She earned an MS in geography and atmospheric sciences with a focus on cultural, social, economic, and political challenges faced by Tribal peoples. In her field research for her master’s degree, she documented traditional stories by Indigenous Peoples of Northern Norway.

Ms. Smith completed a one-year fellowship with the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health as part of the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country initiative. This effort is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address tribal health priorities. She also serves on the Four Kansas Tribes Health Summit Planning Committee to convene Kansas tribal leaders and their state, regional, and federal partners.