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.
An enrolled member of the Suquamish Tribe, Calina Lawrence was born and raised within her Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest area of Washington State. She recently joined friend Shailene Woodley on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe awards as part of the #MeToo movement. Calina’s vocal journey began at a young age when she was first introduced to her cultural music. While lending her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions, she also grew to love singing many contemporary genres. Lawrence was raised to understand the importance of spreading awareness about the social injustices that have impacted the quality of lives on tribal reservations and within urban Native communities. Her involvement in music has led her in activism in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland. Lawrence recently graduated with Honors from the University of San Francisco, attaining her BA in Performing Arts & Social Justice; a Music concentration. The art-ivist has spent recent time traveling the country in advocacy for Native Treaty Rights and the “Mni Wiconi” (Water is Life) movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as well as the “NoLNG253” movement led by the Puyallup Tribe. Lawrence dedicates her artistry and energy to address: POC racial injustice, police brutality, mass-incarceration, gentrification, misrepresentation of Native Americans in education/mainstream United States media, climate injustice, blood quantum and enrollment issues, foster youth, suicide prevention, violence against women, and many other causes. Since graduation, this indigenous vocalist has released her debut single entitled “Alcatraz” a folk song (January ‘17) followed by the release of “Generations” (July ’17) a hip-hop track featuring 14 y/o Lil Deya. Most recently, she has released “Don’t Count Me Out” (December ’17) featuring indigenous vocalist/emcee Desirae Harp. Lawrence will be releasing her first album in the year 2018. Lawrence will continue traveling the Nation pursuing her career as a musician/activist in the genres of Traditional Folk, Hip Hop, R&B/Soul, and Spoken Word Poetry while based out of the cities of Seattle/San Francisco.
Today May 14th, 2017 at 4pm we will be blessed up with a visit from Joanne Shenandoah❤️ so looking forward to our time with her. Listen live at www.kaosradio.org
Raven speaks with Mary J. Pavel shares about American Indian Sovereignty and Law and more.
Mary J. Pavel is a member of the Skokomish Tribe of Washington. Mary joined the nationally recognized federally Indian law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry in 1992 and became a partner in January 1999. Mary was one of the first Indian women to be made a partner in a National Law Firm. Ms. Pavel graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Dartmouth College. Mary works in all phases of the Firm’s practice, with a special emphasis in legislative matters pending before Congress. Mary has been noted in the Hill Newspaper as one of the Nation’s top tribal advocates in Washington, D.C. She is the Founding President of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. She is a member of both the Washington State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.