Sarah Sense Wilson, LMHC, CDP, WSGCC-II, Chair of Urban Native Education Alliance
Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala) serves as the elected Chair for the Urban Native Education Alliance (UNEA). Sarah is committed to strengthening our urban Native community through tireless advocacy, organizing, and networking both within the Native community and greater King County area. Central to Sarah’s values is student voice, “As an organization we need to be cognizant of its purpose at all times, we are here to serve the academic, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs of our Native children”. Collaborating, consulting and sharing in decision making with students supports our emphasis on being student centered.
Sarah’s educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science, UW 1999, Chemical Dependency License 2004, and she completed her MA degree in Applied Psychology from Antioch University in 2010. Sarah is a Washington State licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a certified Problem Gambling Counselor. She has worked in the chemical dependency field for over 15 years, specializing in both family and couples counseling. Sarah is currently employed at Tulalip Tribes Behavioral Wellness as a Problem Gambling Coordinator.
Sarah and her partner Mark have one daughter who recently graduated from Western Washington University. Sarah enjoys her multiple volunteer roles and is highly motivated to improve academic and cultural enrichment experiences for our urban Native youth. Sarah believes both cultural knowledge and education are vital to strengthening and building the future for our urban Native community.
Brian Yazzie (Yazzie the Chef) is a Diné from Dennehotso, Arizona which is located on the Notheastern part of the Navajo Nation. Yazzie has a degree in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College. He focuses on bringing together hyper-local and regional indigenous ingredients to help revitalize a healthy indigenous cuisine. He brings creativity to ancestral knowledge through modern techniques. Yazzie the Chef is available for private dinners, chef demos & collaborations, as well as educational demonstrations. He also currently serves as the Chef de Cuisine at The Sioux Chef in Minneapolis, MN and a team member on I-Collective.
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Ernesto “Neto” Burbank
Tattoo Artist at Empire Tattoo Tucson Az
Naabaahii – protector of the people
Honor Life Tattoo Tour
Hugo Lucitante is a member of the Cofán people of Ecuadoran Amazonia. He is currently concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University. His work focuses on historical research on the Cofán people with interest in Indigenous Studies and environmental and sustainable development. Through Brown initiatives, he has helped develop the Cofán Heritage Project. He works closely with the Linguistics Department for a Cofán language documentation project, and with the Cofán-Brown Student Alliance Club. In addition to his school activities, Hugo currently works as a liaison for his people and the community of Zábalo, both as an Eco-tour guide and as a sitting board member for the Cofán Survival Foundation and Fundación Raíz.
Chief Phil Lane, Jr – Hereditary Chief And Elder
Chief Phil Lane Jr. is a traditionally recognized Hereditary Chief and Elder. He is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations. He is an internationally recognized indigenous leader in human and community development.The founder and chairman of the Four World’s International Institute (FWII), an organization dedicated to “unifying the human family through the Fourth Way”, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is the recipient of many awards, including the John Denver Windstar Award, and is a frequent speaker on behalf of indigenous rights and wisdom
Peter Ali on Native American flute and Dean Evenson on silver flute.
Native American flutist Peter Ali will be sharing about his new album “Prayers on the Wind.” Looking forward to talking with Peter and sharing his music with you all.
Photo by StrongHearts Native Helpline.
Senior Native Affairs Policy Advisor
Caroline LaPorte is the first Native Affairs Senior Policy Advisor for the StrongHearts Native Helpline and is an immediate descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. In her policy work, LaPorte, a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and who concurrently serves on the NIWRC’s Policy Team, will focus on specialized issues including criminal justice, children and youth, firearms, housing and human rights relating to domestic violence in tribal communities. Before joining StrongHearts, she worked as a family law attorney and at Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that represents children in foster care.
LaPorte brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Indian law and federal, tribal and state jurisdiction to StrongHearts, having held a clerk position with the Office of Tribal Justice within the Department of Justice and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians criminal justice system. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Florida and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Baylor University in Texas.
Today from 4:00pm we will be speaking with Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe, and vice chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Tune in and get a deeper understanding about the protecting of our Salmon, Water and the direction we all need to head in to assure the future of our salmon and the next seven generations!