Speakers and Resource People

George “Tink” Tinker

Dr. Tinker is a member of the Osage Nation (wazhazhe) and has been an activist in urban American Indian communities for many years.  As Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at Iliff School of Theology, “Tink” is committed to a scholarly endeavor that takes seriously both the liberation of Indian peoples from their historic oppression as colonized communities and the liberation of White Americans, the historic colonizers and oppressors of Indian peoples.   His theological reflection is unashamedly political and social in its reflection.  Tink is also executive director of the Four Winds American Indian Council in Denver where his work combines political action and community organizing with a spiritual component that is rooted in the ancient religious traditions of the different Indian peoples.  Tink’s publications include: American Indian Liberation: A Theology of Sovereignty (Orbis Press, 2008); Spirit and Resistance: American Indian Liberation and Political Theology (Fortress Press, 2004) and  Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide (Fortress Press, 1993).

E. Elizabeth Garcia

Elizabeth grew up on the US-Mexico border in the Browsville (Texas)/Matamoros (Tamaulipas, Mexico) community.  She has been an active trained CPTer for many years, and has traveled to Colombia, Philippines, Panama, Guatemala, Arizona, and Israel/Palestine, where she leads a CPT delegation every summer. Active in the struggle against the Border Wall and the immigration detention centers, she recently founded CASA (Coalition of Amigos in Solidarity and Action), a coalition of civic, education, private and religious groups united in opposition to the wall.  She also created a project called “Sin Fronteras Watch & Act Cinema” which provides a creative way to educate, raise awareness, motivate, and promote civic and community engagement in social change.  Elizabeth believes that the only way to create change, is to “get in the way.”  Elizabeth will reflect on the connections between social justice and immigration issues.