2011 American Indian Heroes
Corrina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, CA. She is the mother of three children and currently works as the Title VII Coordinator, Office of Indian Education at the American Indian Child Resource Center, where she assists in directing an after school program that includes wrap around services for Native students in Oakland. She is also the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run organization that works on Indigenous people issues as well as sponsoring an annual Shellmound Peace Walk to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area, 2005-2009. In April of this year Corrina, Wounded Knee De Ocampo and a committee of others, joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te in Vallejo CA. This is a 15 acre Sacred Site that sits along the Carquinez Straits. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle was victorious and will set precedence in this type of work going forward with others that are working on sacred sites issues within city boundaries in California.
Corrina also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board, the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation and is the treasurer for the Edes HOA. She is an avid Raiders Fan.
Eddie Madril is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora Mexico. He is an active member of the Native American community and a representative of his culture through various aspects: as a dancer, singer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. For over twenty-five years, his involvement and commitment to Native heritage has provided him with the opportunity to share a wealth of information amongst diverse communities. His work has included the presentation of assemblies and residencies in Bay Area schools working with students and encouraging the development of appreciation and respect for American Indian dance, music, culture, history, art and sign language.
He has been an active participant as a member of the Board of Directors for Friendship House of American Indians Inc. for over ten years and a member of the advisory committee for four years at the De Young Museum for their Native programming.
Eddie was awarded a three-year recipient of the California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence grant, as well as the San Francisco Foundation individual artists' grant and a grant from the San Francisco Arts Council grant. He was nominated for the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award as a soloist for his hoop dance presentation in his original play "Sun Dagger Solstice." In November 2011 he is being recognized by KQED as an American Indian Local Hero.
He has taught American Indian music at San Francisco State University and American Indian dance at St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He's been a presenter at SFSU, Tufts, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio for Academic symposiums on Native issues. As a dancer and educator he has performed and spoken throughout the western United States, including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (performer and panelist), ANCC National Nursing Conference (speaker), APN National Oncology Conference (co-keynote speaker), and World Arts West's arts education program People Like Me.
Earl Neconie is an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, member of the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, the Kiowa Tribe's Purple Heart Club and Kiowa Gourd Clan. His Father was from Stecker, Oklahoma, and his Mother is from the Island of Kauai, Hawaii; and Earl has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989 with his wife, Bridget Neconie, an undergraduate admissions officer at the University of California, Berkeley; where Earl has devoted his time as "Honorary Staff at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions," for the past (17) years. Basically, an "unpaid volunteer, promoting recruitment and retention of Native American Students throughout Indian Country."
Currently working as the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Coordinator for UIN (United Indian Nations), assisting Native Americans throughout the (6) major counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area, to return to school for GED/High School Diploma completion, vocational training, college and university admissions; and assisting with job search and job skills training and placement. Earl graduated from UIN's Basic Skills Training Program in the early '90's and was inspired to return to college after graduating (18) years earlier from high school. While a fulltime student at Berkeley City College, San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, Earl helped by volunteering to coordinate and facilitate campus Native American Student Organizations, Native American powwows, Native American community events, encouraging and assisting disadvantaged Native American students to return to school.
While on the Powwow Trail throughout "Indian Country," Earl has been asked to assist as Emcee, Arena Director, Head Dancer, Singer and Committee Member over the past (22) years. Most recently, Earl has been the emcee of the Stanford Powwow in 2009 & 2010, the Native American Health Center Powwow and many others. Earl offered a traditional blessing and prayer song at UC Berekely's "A Century of Ishi" event this past September, and has helped to produce one of the first "Native American College/Career Fairs" for the Northern California and Bay Area Native American Community.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a graduate of the Seattle Police Academy; Earl continues to assist Native American veterans in the pursuit of careers in law enforcement, and guides recent Native American high school graduates towards higher education and opportunities in the military; serving their country; their Tribes and their People.
Earl's Father always said, "Remember that you are Kiowa first!" This statement always puts things into perspective; accept who your are; remember your history; remember your language and songs, remember your culture and never deny your Indian identity. Ah-ho, Ah-ho…
Lisa's connection with Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (IHC) was either luck or destiny. In 1996, Lisa moved to San Jose and was working as a litigation attorney for an intellectual property law firm and finishing the prerequisites for medical school. At least twice a day, she drove down Meridian Avenue and past a 1950s stucco building that identified itself as "Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley." Nearly every day, Lisa thought, "I should see if that place needs volunteers." She eventually called, and Dr. Anne Verstraete, IHC's beloved, long-time physician, identified a project that Lisa could work on at night and on the weekends. Not long after that, Dr. V asked Lisa to consider joining IHC's Board of Directors, which she did in March 1998 and continued her board service through medical school and residency. Since joining the IHC Board, Lisa has twice served as its president and vice president. Some non-profit organizations consider themselves lucky to have a doctor or a lawyer on the board of directors; with Lisa's unique legal and medical background, IHC benefits from having both in a single board member. Her commitment and leadership have helped guide IHC through more than a decade of growth and the challenges that come with it. Her quick, usually irreverent, and sometimes wacky, sense of humor enlivens board meetings and may lead her to the stage at a future IHC Comedy Jam. Lisa looks forward to leading IHC in its continuing efforts to improve the health of the Bay Area's Indians, to advocate for health care for the underserved, and to innovate in the prevention and management of chronic illness. She hopes to establish IHC as a national leader in American Indian centered-community health. Lisa remarks, "My involvement with IHC has enriched my life and my education. I've learned about leadership, managing employees, regulatory issues, accounting, the economics of health care, diabetes prevention, local politics, health care reform, and fundraising. IHC nurtures my spirit and reminds me what matters to me: to serve others." She remains very grateful that she just happened to move down the street from IHC 15 years ago.
Lisa is part Miami (on her mom's side) and part Choctaw (on her dad's side). She grew up in Huntington Beach, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with highest honors, from Cal State Fullerton in 1986. In 1989, she graduated from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, serving as Executive Editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly. She practiced law in the Bay Area for 11 years before starting medical school at Stanford University in 2000. During medical school, she was awarded a Valley Health Foundation grant for a pediatric project at Indian Health Center and completed a post-sophomore fellowship in anatomic pathology at UCSF. She graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 2006 and completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, also at Stanford, in June 2011. Lisa is currently a Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking fellow at Stanford, as well as serving as Clinical Pathology Chief Resident.
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