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This week on Indigenous Sounds: Julia Coates

Written by on Sunday, April 14, 2019

This week on Indigenous Sounds, Whitehorse will have an interview with Dr. Julia Coates. Dr. Coates is currently running for Tribal Council Member-at-large for the Cherokee Nation.

She has worked for Native American non-profits, tribal governments, and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Coates was a delegate to the Cherokee Nation Constitutional convention, was the Project Director for the award-winning Cherokee Nation History Course, and served two terms on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council.

Dr. Coates is the author of a textbook on the Trail of Tears for high school and lower division college students. She has worked on research, grant writing, and conference production for the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, and presently is an adjunct professor of American Indian subject courses in the Social Sciences division at Pasadena City College. She also conducts trainings in tribal governance for the Falmouth Institute.

Along with Andrew and Kimberlie Sikora, she co-founded the Cherokee PINS Project: Education and Engagement for Sovereignty, a non-profit dedicated to building civic engagement within Cherokee communities and bridging the divides between the Cherokee citizens within and outside the tribal boundary.