Staff & Board

Oyate Co-Founder

Doris Seale (Santee, Cree, Abenaki)
Doris Seale (July 10, 1936 - February 17, 2017) was an educator and activist, 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.

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. 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.



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