Our Native Team

 Gina Lopez

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B.A. Liberal Studies Minor Sociology Masters in Educational Leadership Admin Credential/Teaching Credential

Gina Lopez

NAIC Program Specialist

Halito (Hello), I am a proud Choctaw American Indian.   I am so excited to be able to help students grow in their Native American Cultural Identity. This will be my 20th year serving Stockton Unified, I was born and raised here, and graduated from Edison High School.  I was a teacher, Principal, and Director here in SUSD. It is my belief that if our students truly know their cultural history and customs that they will be able to reach their goals.  Most of our American Indian Culture is lost due to mass genocide, Relocation Acts, and assimilation to European customs. We lean on our Elders for information.   People tend to believe that we are an extinct population, however, we are alive and thriving.    Every Tribe has its own creation story, foods, games, language, and overall customs.   We invite all of our American Indian families and SUSD staff to each event and encourage everyone to attend our Parent Student Advisory Committee Meetings.  This work is important for my family, especially my husband, as he has tribal lineage from most of the California Missions. He is a 4th generation descendent of the last known full-blooded Indian from Silicon Valley – Ascension Solórzano. Please click this link if you would like to learn more about my family’s tribal history. Gina's Introduction and Family History page 2 and 3. I look forward to meeting all of our Native families!

 Destiny Rivas

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Destiny Rivas

Native American Cultural Assistant

Destiny Rivas (Cahuilla) is an honored product and next-generation leader of the Native community in the Central Valley. After attending San Francisco State University, Destiny returned to Stockton and continued to be mentored by the founders of the Native American Indian Center, Dale Fleming, and Caroline Wilson. Destiny carries the values and vision of our Indigenous elders into the next generation of local leadership through the Stockton Powwow Committee, Young Eagle's Dance and Drum, Woman's Drumming group, Native American Scholarship Foundation, Native American Indian Center, and is raising awareness on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

 Sabrina Flores

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Sabrina Flores

Native American Cultural Assistant

(Apache, Tarahumara) A product of the Native American Indian Center. She has a background in Early Childhood Education. Sabrina truly connects with the community, understanding their needs and building positive connections. She holds a key role within the Stockton Powwow Committee. As a community advocate for Native Americans, she builds awareness on the cultural importance within SUSD.