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Vivian Garcia

Tribal & Community Liaison

Vivian Garcia, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation, is a dedicated advocate for the Native American community in Los Angeles. With ties to both Los Angeles and Oklahoma, she has devoted her career to promoting the well-being and unity of Native people within Los Angeles and across Indian Country.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies at UCLA in 2011, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College with a Trauma Studies specialization. Vivian began her professional journey by providing direct services to women, children, and families, and has since risen to her current leadership position as the Tribal & Community Liaison for UAII.

In her role, she plays a crucial part in fostering positive relationships and effective communication with tribal governments, communities, and organizations. Vivian thrives on working closely with tribal leaders, representatives, and internal stakeholders to facilitate productive dialogue, enhance cultural competency, and establish mutually beneficial partnerships. In true Cherokee tradition she values her family and the role of being a Mother to her two daughters – and is strongly committed to passing on her Native traditions to future generations.

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