Native Souls : The media's romanticized image of the Indian community ignores a rich diversity, says a member of the Native American Indian Commission. KARINA L. WALTERS, Karina L. Walters was appointed in March to serve on the Native American Indian Commission of Los Angeles. Born in Glendale and raised there and in Hollywood, she is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Walters lives in Palms and is working on her doctoral thesis at UCLA on urban American Indian mental health. A former research assistant at UCLA's American Indian Studies Center, she is a liaison between the center and the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Board of Los Angeles. Walters, 29, is also a clinical social work associate and therapist. She was interviewed by Libby Slate.