Dr. Janice Cockrell
Dr. Janice Cockrell is a pediatric rehabilitation physician. She graduated from Northwestern Medical School and is board certified in the specialties of pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She was on the adjunct faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health Science University and was Medical Director of the Department of Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation at Randall Children's Hospital. Now retired, she is continuing her commitment to race equity and social justice, in Vernonia, Oregon, a community of 2000 people in the foothills of the Coastal Range. Having co-facilitated a race equity and social justice dialogue group in Lake Oswego where she previously lived for 19 years, she is now involved in Vernonians for Equality and Racial Justice (VERJ) as well as the Vernonia Community Garden, which donates fresh produce to the local food bank. She has given lectures on race equity at peace conferences, led a workshop for Lake Oswego High School teachers on racism, consulted with other groups hoping to initiate social justice dialogues and continues to participate in Lake Oswego’s Respond to Racism dialogue. Her immense networking brought her to Elderberry Wisdom Farm.
Duane Medicine Crow
Duane Medicine Crow is a member of the Crow Nation which is located in south central Montana. Some tribes refer to the Crow people as the Raven people. His Indian name translates as ‘He Who Helps His People.’ His mother was Piegan from the Blackfeet people and his great-grandmother was full-blood Piegan. His great-grandfather on his father's side was full blood Crow. His name was Medicine Crow, but actually, he regarded his name as Sacred Raven. His great-grandmother was taken on a raid by the Crows, her and her sister when they were young, just four or five years old and became a part of the Crow Nation.
He was an athlete during his school years and played football and basketball. He was also an artist, and also had experience working on ranches, including training horses. Like so many Indian people, he also developed a great desire for hunting wild game.
His working career was with the US Forest Service as a wild land fire fighter. He shares that “Indian fire crews were highly regarded and sought after. Almost every tribe in the nation has a crew of firefighters. And I'm proud to be kind of associated with those folks, because I was one of the few who made it beyond just working on the fire line.” As a middle manager he had a lot of additional managerial responsibilities working in cooperation with other people and helping make the ranger districts run the way they were supposed to run. The budget in his department was nearly a million dollars so as a supervisor, he hired and supervised a lot of people.
Grandfather Medicine Crow now lives in Salem, Oregon where he leads a group of individuals of the four colors who meet (when possible) at Morningside Methodist Church. He also serves as Board Co-chair of Elderberry Wisdom Farm where he recently discovered a big Oak tree out back that had a fire scar on it. He believes that that fire scar is evidence of a century or more ago when the Indians were doing controlled burning in this part of the country.
Dr. Kristie Knows his Gun
Dr. Kristie Knows his Gun (Cree) serves as a board certified Community Clinical Psychologist at Chemawa Indian Health Center, Western Oregon Service Unit. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the Graduate Department of Clinical Training, George Fox University, Newberg, OR. She received her Doctor of Psychology in 2013 from George Fox University, Newberg, OR. In 2014, she published the research study, “Overcoming adversities: Resilience in rural southeastern Montana: An exploration of the factors that encourage resilience and foster successful employment in a Native American population.”
Annette Mendoza-McCoy (Jumano Apache) has participated and supported in Traditional Native American teachings, ceremonies, practices, and communities for at least 25 years. Her strong, ever-growing passion preserves and promotes indigenous community awareness to improve the well-being of all peoples and cultures. Professionally, she is a licensed marriage family therapist currently practicing in Ojai, California where she lives with her family. Her spiritual commitment to restoring ceremonial traditions and her professional work has brought her to Elderberry Wisdom Farm where she serves as Board Treasurer.