Staff & Board

Oyate Staff

Trish Jensen
Shipping and Receiving Manager
Trish has been Oyate's Shipping and Receiving Manager since 2007. She is amazingly organized and has an uncanny ability to create order out of chaos. Whenever we need to get something systematized, we put Trish on the job! In addition to keeping our inventory coming in and going out, Trish is usually the person who answers the phone and is the first contact for email and other communication. Questions she cannot handle are directed to board members. Trish enjoys reading the books she handles everyday and has shared many of them with her grandchildren. Even her mom has become a big Oyate fan!  Email her: orders[at]oyate[dot]org

Cora Garcia (Lumbee)
Organizational Development Coordinator
Cora grew up in Oakland’s Laurel and Fruitvale Districts, among the city's large urban Indian community.  She holds an AA from Merritt College, and a BA and MA from Stanford University, where she completed her Masters thesis on her tribe’s (Lumbee) continuing struggle with the U.S. federal government. Cora has a decade-long background in community organizing around social and economic justice in Oakland.  Her passions include indigenous self-determination, decolonization, and urban farming. Email her: cora[at]oyate[dot]org


Oyate Board of Directors

Danielle DiBona (Wampanoag)
Rev. Danielle DiBona is President of Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).  Rev. DiBona looks at Unitarian Universalism and life in the congregation through the eyes of a Wampanoag minister. She is a long-time UU and Beyond Categorical Thinking trainer who served the UUA in the Faith & Action Department and helped create anti-racism programs. Danielle is Wampanoag of the Acushnet band, and lives in Weymouth with her twin sister and three dogs.


Doris Seale (Santee, Cree, Abenaki)
Doris Seale is an educator and activist, retired children's librarian, and co-founder and former president of the board of Oyate. The recipient of the American Library Association's 2001 Equality Award for her life's work, Before retiring to her ancestral family land in Vermont, she was a children’s librarian in Brookline, Massachusetts, for 45 years. Doris was honored for her life’s work with the American Library Association’s Equality Award in 2001, and in 2006, she received the American Book Award for co-editing A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children.  Doris has contributed to several anthologies of writings by Native women, and The Multicolored Mirror: Cultural Substance in Literature for Children and Young Adults. She is co-editor of Through Indian Eyes and A Broken Flute, and author of two books of poetry. Doris lives in Burlington, Vermont.


Janet King (Lumbee)
Vice President
Janet King is a member of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area Native Community since 1976, having worked at a long list of Native agencies in the East Bay and San Francisco. She currently works at Native American Health Center in Oakland, where she advocates for cultural competency in mental health services for Native people, and where she coauthored “Urban Trails: A Holistic System of Care for Native Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area,” in Healing and Mental Health for Native Americans: Speaking in Red (AltaMira Press, 2004).  Janet is also a Board Member of the First Nations Behavioral Health Association, and Secretary of the Board at the Intertribal Friendship House (IFH) in Oakland, CA.  As a board member of IFH, she has been a visionary behind several programs, including a community history class, where urban Indians could learn their history from a Native perspective and through community voices.

Judy Dow (Abenaki)
Judy is a nationally known activist and basket weaver and teacher of traditional Abenaki culture and native practices. Her baskets have appeared in several museums across the United States and Canada, including a recent exhibit at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  She teaches ethnobotany at the kindergarten through college levels, and been widely recognized as an expert on Indian education, and an influential guardian of Abenaki history and culture.  Judy is the recipient of the 2004 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Vermont Educator. She has lived all her life on Abenaki land in Vermont.

Nellie Adkins (Chickahominy)


Robette Dias (Karuk)
Since 2002, Robette has been an Executive Co-Director and an anti-racism trainer at Crossroads, and organization that to works to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities. Prior to that she was an anti-racism program coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Faith In Action Department, providing training, technical support and advocacy for the Journey Toward Wholeness antiracism initiative. As a Karuk person, Robette brings a specifically indigenous perspective to anti-racism organizing. She is a founding member and past president of Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), the continental support and advocacy organization for UUA People of Color. Email her: reviews[at]oyate[dot]org


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