Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples Advisory Board

Gloria Arellanes (Tongva) has over 50 years of experience as an activist and community health advocate, including service as Minister of Finance and Correspondence for the Brown Berets, administrator of El Barrio Free Clinic in East L.A., and coordinator of La Clinica del Barrio. She is a celebrated figure of early Chicana feminist nationalism in the U.S. and remains committed to the struggles of preservation of sacred sites, health issues, cultural diversity, and cultural education for Indigenous peoples, including her own tribal community, the Tongva people. She is a Grandmother Wisdom Keeper of the Morningstar Foundation, dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices and education.

Freddie Romero (Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians) is a tribal descendent of the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Indians and is currently employed by the tribal Elders Council, as their Cultural Preservation Consultant. Mr. Romero represents the Elders Council on issues that impact cultural resources and sacred sites and advocates for the preservation and protection of those sites. Mr. Romero reviews projects from the federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private individuals and prepares comments and drafts on their behalf. Mr. Romero is responsible for Sec 106, NEPA and NAGPRA consultation process on their behalf, as well as negotiating and creating MOAs, protocol agreements, and creating cultural resource protection plans on projects for federal agencies.

Antonette Cordero (Coastal Band Chumash Nation) is Deputy Director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Formerly she served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section of the California Department of Justice, where she represented the Native American Heritage Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, enforced the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Ralph Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and investigated various forms of unlawful discrimination, including discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Governor Gray Davis appointed Ms. Cordero Chief Counsel and Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in February 2001. As head of the Office of Legal Counsel and Investigations, Ms. Cordero supervised DTSC's legal staff, Criminal Investigations Branch and Task Force Support and Special Investigations Branch. Ms. Cordero also served as Enforcement Coordinator, DTSC's head of a multi-agency Hazardous Waste Strike Force, and worked on issues involving environmental justice and implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She began her legal career as a First Amendment Fellow with the Southern California affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. She received her law degree from Stanford University, Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. Before attending law school, Ms. Cordero was a newspaper reporter with the Long Beach Press- Telegram in Long Beach, California. She is a native of Santa Barbara, California, and a member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation.

Ciara Belardes (Juaneno / Acjachemen) is the granddaughter of Chief David Belardes and Aurora "Cha Cha" Belardes and has been actively involved in helping her father, traditional cultural practitioner Domingo Belardes, with cultural displays and learning the traditions of her people for over eleven years. She has been surrounded by her heritage and eager to learn the ways of her ancestors. As a little girl she always had a personal interest in learning from her father and following in his footsteps in teaching and talking to others about her heritage. Ciara was one of four Juaneno/Acjachemen tribal youth selected to serve as Digital Documentarians for a Mobilizing Communities through the Arts grant awarded to the Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum & Acjachemen Cultural Center. She produced, directed, and edited two video announcements for monthly traditional cultural practices workshops held at the museum, and two shorts, documenting the monthly workshops and field trips made possible by the grant from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She has extensive knowledge of cultural materials, songs, the different games, religion, and sacred sites of her tribal community.

Patrick LaBlance (Anishinaabe/Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) is the founder of Indigenous Cultural Resource Protection Clearinghouse (ICRPC). The ICRPC is an informational database and resource center for cultural resource protection practitioners. The clearinghouse seeks to lower the barriers of sharing information between peoples through the use of modern technological innovations. Patrick was born in Bawating and is a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He holds an AB from Dartmouth College, a masters degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School (where he was the First Nations Environmental Law Fellow) and a JD from the UCLA school of law. In his free time Patrick is an avid walker and muay thai kickboxer. He is a human who traces his relations back to the Chippewa, Dutch and Irish peoples. His path in life, like all our paths, gives him a unique perspective on the world. He believes that after many years of collecting accomplishments and just under a decade of shedding accomplishments that a paragraph of words describing western style achievements does not adequately capture the true nature of the person. Patrick believes in the importance of protecting the worlds cultural heritage thus he is developing the ICRPC. Seeing as the Irish and Dutch already have many resources protecting their heritage and Native American cultural heritage is threatened, he believes our resources should be focused on Indigenous cultural resource protection. Thus, his path includes a complex understanding of issues relating to Indigenous culture.

Angela Mooney D'Arcy (Juaneno / Acjachemen) has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to protect Indigenous sacred lands, waters, and cultures for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based community organization dedicated to building the capacity of Tribes and Indigenous people on cultural, social, and environmental justice issues. She is co-founder and co-director of the United Coalition to Protect Panhe, a grassroots alliance of Acjachemen people dedicated to the protection of the sacred site Panhe. She worked with University of California, Irvine Sustainability Initiative as the Tribal Community Engagement Coordinator to build relationships between tribal communities and university faculty, staff, administration, and students. Angela also authored the Environmental Justice chapter of the report Native Voices Rising: A Case for Funding Native-led Change, which was sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation. She serves as Board Secretary for the Blas Aguilar Adobe Foundation which oversees the Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum & Acjachemen Cultural Center in San Juan Capistrano. She is a recipient of the New Voices Fellowship, a national Ford Foundation-funded program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of social justice leaders, the Earthjustice Sutherland Fellowship, awarded each year to a young lawyer to continue their work in environmental public-interest law, and is a member of the 2012 Circle of Leadership Academy sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Center for Leadership Innovation. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. with a concentration in Critical Race Studies and focus on federal Indian law from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.