We are a mostly volunteer led organization but growing fast. Cecelia is our only staff member. Our staff and core volunteers all walk a sober road. Some have walked a sober road for their entire lives. We emphasize healing and sobriety in our leadership as a true form of decolonization. The Native Justice Coalition is also Two-Spirit led. We have an old time but bold approach that is needed to challenge internalized colonization, internalized patriarchy, internalized oppression, lateral violence, addiction, and community brokenness. With this strong foundation we can bring greater healing to our people and communities.
Cecelia Rose LaPointe - Director
Cecelia is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community). She is enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintains a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong. She is ajijaak dodem (crane clan).
Cecelia is the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting and Waub Ajijaak Press. The Native Justice Coalition is currently a project under Red Circle Consulting. She is a Consultant, Poet, Writer, and Author. Learn more about her work, writing, and poetry on her website.
Emmanuel Navarro - Outreach & Research Intern - Summer 2018
Emmanuel Navarro (uses he/him/him personal pronouns) was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago and is a currently an undergraduate student at Oberlin College.
Throughout his academic career, he has participated in many student groups such as Obies for Undocumented Inclusion (OUI), the Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC), and SWAP: the Oberlin Book Co-op (SWAP). In addition, he has held many leadership positions in the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA), a multi-million dollar non-profit corporation and cooperative that provides at-cost living and dining options for Oberlin College students. He served as OSCA's 2016-2017 Treasurer and Officer and then served as the organization's 2017-2018 President. He is motivated to participate in organizations and initiatives that work to dismantle oppression and center voices that are typically marginalized in society. He is very excited to serve as the Native Justice Coalition's first intern and continue working toward the various initiatives the organization plans to pursue.
Albany Jacobson Eckert - Media volunteer
Albany is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stony Brook University in Marine Vertebrate Biology and a Master of Science from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources and Environment. Her master's work was with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She was part of a team that assessed the cisco populations in the 1836 Treaty waters of Lake Michigan. Right now, she is living and working in Ashland, Wisconsin, as a Fish Biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her interests include: Ojibwe treaty rights, environmental justice, Native food sovereignty, Ojibwemowin, and Afro-Indigenous sci-fi.
Jeny Lai - Graphic Design Volunteer
Jeny is a doctoral student studying sociology at Michigan State University. She has a bachelor's degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University, and a master's degree in sociology from Michigan State University. She served two terms as an AmeriCorps service member, with placements in Washington state and Minnesota. She lives with her partner Sam and their cat, Gumbo. As an extension of her studies, Jeny works to support minority and indigenous-led initiatives that pursue an inclusive racial justice.
Teiana McGahey - Anishinaabe Northern Outreach Volunteer
Teia (Ojibwe, Sault Ste. Marie) lives in the Metro Detroit area. She also has Aztec roots on her mom's side of the family as well as Irish, German and French ancestry. Teia is passionate about connecting Anishinaabe people so that we can heal, grow, and find strength together. She is also working on understanding the shared experiences of Indigenous peoples around the world and figuring out ways to decolonize our societies, minds, and the way we relate to one another.