Dr. Julia Coates: An Experienced, Qualified Advocate for YOU!
Julia Coates & Billy Falling
Julia Coates in Bakersfield
Born in Pryor, Oklahoma, and has also resided in Arcata, San Francisco, Woodland, and Los Angeles, CA; Albuquerque, NM; and Tahlequah, OK.
PhD, American Studies, University of New Mexico
BA, English (Creative Writing), San Francisco State University
BA, Anthropology (Cultural), San Francisco State University
Tribal Councilor, representing the At Large citizens (2007-2015)
One of the first two elected councilors to represent the At Large Cherokee citizens, along with Jack Baker. Elected with over 67% of the vote
in each of two elections.
Staff Development Officer, Cherokee Nation History Course
Taught the 40-hour course to over 7000 Cherokee Nation employees and citizens. Trained seven more teachers who taught it to an
additional 3000 citizens.
Organizer, At Large Cherokee Nation community organization nationwide network
Developed the organizing model and assisted diasporic Cherokee Nation citizens to form 24 official Cherokee Nation At Large satellite
community organizations across the country.
Founder and Advisory Board Member, Cherokee Nation Community Association
Drafted the legislation that established the non-profit under the Cherokee Nation to oversee the At Large satellite community
organizations and assist with their development.
Advisory Board Member, Cherokee Nation Foundation
Assisted with blind reviews of scholarships, contributed funding for At Large scholarships, helped coordinate and teach during Summer
“Abroad” programs for At Large citizens to return to the Cherokee Nation for educational and cultural initiatives.
Delegate, Cherokee Nation 1999 Constitutional Convention
Organized a coalition of At Large delegates and strategized to advocate the establishment of specific representation on the Tribal Council for At Large citizens.
Assistant Professor of Native American Studies, University of California, Davis, Pasadena City College
Visiting Professor, Cherokee Cultural Studies, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK
Instructor, Cherokee Society and Government online certificate, UCLA Extension
Instructor, Falmouth Institute, American Indian Tribal Administration and Governance, Fairfax, VA
Research and Special Projects, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA
Oral History Interviewer and Senior Writer, Center for Oral History Research, UCLA
Program Director, Native Lands Institute, Albuquerque
Other Relevant Experience
Founding Member, Cherokee PINS Project: Education and Engagement for Sovereignty non-profit
Board Member and President, Native Lands Institute, Albuquerque