Conference Opening featuring:
Corinna Gould and Ariel Luckey
Co-Founder and Lead Organizer
Indian People Organizing for Change
Corrina Gould is a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, CA, the village of Huichin. She is the mother of three children and grandmother to two. She is the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run grassroots 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 2011 Corrina, Johnella LaRose, 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.
Her current work includes creating a Native women led urban land trust within the setting of what continues to be her ancestral territory of the Bay Area. She continues to also work full time 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.
Corrina also sits on the California Indigenous Environmental Association Board , the Board of Directors for the Oakland Street Academy Foundation, the Intergenerational Council for Homefulness and is the treasurer for the Edes Ave HOA. She is an avid Raiders Fan.
Nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright
Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright whose performances dance in the crossroads of education, art and activism. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Ariel was named a “Visionary” by the Utne Reader for the innovation and quality of his first play Free Land. Commissioned by the National Performance Network in partnership with La Peña Cultural Center and the White Privilege Conference, Free Land has toured across the country at over 50 theaters and universities. In 2010, SpeakOut – the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture published a DVD of Free Land and the accompanying Free Land Curriculum Guide, an arts-based model for social justice pedagogy.
Ariel has been a featured artist at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and Café Cantante in Havana, Cuba. In 2009 as the Artist-in-Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, Ariel released a collection of poetry and lyrics, Searching for White Folk Soul, currently in its third printing. Ariel received The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s 2013 Visibility Award and the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s 2014 Community Arts Fund in support of his new play Amnesia. Amnesia enjoyed its World Premiere at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California and is now touring nationally. Ariel earned a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in 2014. He sees his creative work in the world as an extension of his most precious and important work as father to his two sons.