Greg Burgin Jr. is the Vice Chair of the Wintu Tribe of California, Facilities Manager at the Wintu Cultural Museum and Facilitator of the tribe’s White Bison support group, a culturally appropriate 12-step program for Native Americans.
Junior’s Wintu ancestors come from the village at Turtle Bay, but he spent much of his youth in Palo Alto where a difficult home life and a struggle to find acceptance led to substance abuse and his involvement in local gangs, often participating in and witnessing extremely violent confrontations.
A breakthrough came when he first became a father, and after a period of severe depression and relapse after he moved back to Shasta Lake in 2012, Junior found sobriety and healing through the traditional medicine and cultural practices of the Wintu and Pit River people.
Today, Junior is a speaker for Brave Faces and Voices, presenting to high schools, youth camps and troubled youth support groups about his life, his healing journey and stereotypes that affect local Native Americans.
Junior’s presentation can, depending on the audience, highlight the following topics:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Gang Prevention
- Suicide Prevention
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Recovery and Coping Skills
- Stigma Reduction
- Native American Cultural Competency
- Intergenerational Trauma