Sandra Okuma is a Luiseno and Shoshone -Bannock from the La Jolla Indian Reservation. She grew up traveling between La Jolla where her father was from and Fort Hall Idaho, home of her mother's Shoshone-Bannock relations. After a highly successful career in commercial art and graphic design in Los Angeles, Sandra and her husband decided to return the reservation where their only daughter Jamie could be raised to know her heritage, and Sandra began to focus on more traditional Native America artistic expression. In 1998, mother and daughter showed at the Santa Fe Indian Market for the first time, where Sandra won best in paintings. Since that time, many awards and numerous publications have followed.