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Dawn Pratt-Harrington (Osage/Cherokee)

Executive Director

Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern State University. She received Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. In private practice, she has served as Attorney General for the Osage and Otoe Tribes, member of the Osage National Council, and member of the Greater Tulsa Indian Affairs Commission.

Ann Dapice, PhD, (Lenape-Cherokee)

Director, Education and Research

Ann received a PhD in psychology, sociology and philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught and served as administrator at a number of universities-University of Pennsylvania, Widener University, Penn State University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Tulsa Community College, Rogers State University, and Goddard College, teaching courses in the social sciences, philosophy, and Native American Studies.

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Pamela Brauchi, MHR, LPC

Director, Art Therapy

Pamela received her Masters in Human Relations degree with emphasis on professional counseling from the University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, completed her requirements for licensure as a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist and has done further graduate work in art therapy at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She completed art therapy internships at Creek Nation Behavioral Health Services and elementary schools where she worked

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Barbara Martin

Advisory Board Member

Barbara is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College, Bartlesville, OK, majoring in Human Resource Management. Earlier, she was an electrical engineering major at University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri. She has worked in and managed a variety of professional health care offices. She has done extensive post-baccalaureate research inthe area of electro-medicine, addiction nutrition and neurogenesis and presents the results of this work in

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Raymond Rodgers


Associate Degree in Horticulture, Applied Science from Tulsa Community College, B.B.A. in Finance from Northeastern State University, MA in Education Administration from University of Oklahoma (Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee), Internship at National Institute for Standards and Technology in Washington, DC. His father attended Chilocco Indian School and his mother attended Haskell and Seneca Indian Schools. Ray spent 13 years in radio broadcasting

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Vanessa Adams-Harris


Vanessa has over 20 years of theatre experience as artist, actor, director, workshop facilitator and playwright. Her credits include print/commercial modeling, national and international appearances with award winning solo shows as Civil Rights Matriarch Rosa Parks, Oklahoma legend Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher and Lena May Baker. She created Theatre By Me I and II a theatre study for African-American and Native American children facilitating and fostering the

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Deborah Hunter, AAS, ALA


Deborah J. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science. She is Cherokee Freedman and undocumented Cherokee. She is a contributing author for the series, Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding a Global Crisis, Dr. Angela Browne-Miller, Editor, with her chapter, “The Homeless Population: Perpetrators or Victims?” She is a board member of T.K. Wolf, Inc.

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Richard Fox, MEd, (Cherokee)


Richards has an associate degree in data processing; Rutledge University, associate degree liberal arts psychology; Tulsa CommuniRichard Fox, MEd, (Cherokee)ty College, bachelor’s degree in liberal arts psychology; Langston University, Masters degree in education; with, an emphasis on Curriculum Development and Supervision, University of Oklahoma.Currently Richard is serving as Computer Support Supervisor for Tulsa Community College as

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JoKay Dowell (Quapaw/Peoria/Cherokee)

JoKay has a BA in Journalism, is a journalist, poet, writer, photographer, beadworker and activist working for positive social change in the areas of indigenous peoples, human rights and environmental issues. She founded the Eagle-Condor Alliance, received a Community Service Award from Rogers State University in 1994. She served on the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Committee on the Decade of Indigenous Peoples where she helped organized hearings on racism.

Kathryn LaFortune, Ph.D., J.D.

Advisory Board Member

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology, Center for Health Sciences/Forensic Sciences, Oklahoma State University. Dr. LaFortune, a licensed psychologist and attorney, serves as Chief of Forensic Psychological Services for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System and also as an Adjunct Faculty Member in both the College of Law and the Department of Psychology at the University of Tulsa. She has been a forensic psychologist at Eastern State

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Cathy Walkingstick Wilkins, MBA Doctoral Candidate (Eastern Band Cherokee)

Cathy has served as executive director and administrator for a number of native business and cultural organizations for the state of Oklahoma including the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, the Native Business Network, the National Indian Monument and Institute, the annual Tulsa Indian Arts Festival, the American Indian Arts Association, and as a Commissioner for the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Commission.


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