Nora Packineau is from the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes. Her clan is Knife Clan, and they are a matriarchal society. She was raised by her parents primarily but also her grandmother, who was a bundle-keeper.
Packineau is passionate about collecting and documenting stories of her People. Through her work, she records and researches her customs and uses them to continue to teach language.