Tribal Wellness Specialist
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Kristina Pacheco serves as a Tribal Law and Institute Tribal Wellness Specialist, is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, and resides in the village of Paraje/Casa Blanca, New Mexico. She is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of New Mexico and has more than twenty years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention. Prior to joining the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, she worked for the Pueblo of Laguna for fourteen years as a Supervising Probation Officer (2004–10), Lead Counselor (2010–14), and Behavioral Health Program Manager (2014–19). In 2007, Kristina and the staff of the Tribal Court began the Pueblo of Laguna Healing to Wellness Court (HTWC). The HTWC was granted Mentor Court Status in 2017 by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Drug Court Initiatives. Kristina also provided training and technical assistance to other Native communities as a consultant.