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Mary Spencer

Winner, National and International Boxing Titles Model, CoverGirl Cosmetics Community Activist Mary Spencer, an Ojibway athlete originally from the Cape Croker First Nation began... — Updated 7/17/2018

 

Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash

Born to Mi'kmaq parents Mary Ellen Pictou and Francis Thomas Levi in a small Indian village in Nova Scotia, Canada, Anna Mae Pictou was the third of four children. Her father... — Updated 1/4/2018

 

Soaring Above

Born in Atlanta, Texas, in 1893, Elizabeth (Bessie) Coleman was the 10th of 13 children. Her parents, George (Cherokee heritage) and Susan Coleman (African-American heritage) were s... — Updated 11/16/2017

 

Miss Navajo Nation becomes Best Female Artist

Miss Navajo Nation 1997-1998 *Native American Music Awards Best Female Artist *Advocate for victims of domestic violence Radmilla Cody was born on the rural Navajo Reservation. She... — Updated 10/5/2017

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Joy (Foster) Harjo (b. 1951)

"Joy Harjo...transforms personal and collective bitterness to beauty, fragmentation to wholeness, and trauma to healing." -Alicia Ostiker, Chancellor, Academy of American Poets Mult... — Updated 7/15/2017

 

Madonna Thunderhawk (b. 1940)

Madonna Thunderhawk is a member of the Oohenumpa Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux. Reared within the restrictive environment of the boarding school era (1860-1978), she was an... — Updated 5/12/2017

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Multi-award-winning gospel singer

"My burden and goal is to reach the people in your community who are lost to addiction or abuse."-Yvonne Saint Germaine By her own account, prior to July 26, 2006, seven-time... — Updated 3/13/2017

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

De facto ambassador between the Cherokee and Euro-Americans

In the Cherokee society of her day, Nanyehi (One who goes about) was known in the English language as Nancy Ward. There are seven clans of the Cherokee: Wolf, Bird, Deer, Long Hair,... — Updated 9/9/2016

 

Member of Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP)

Recipient, Congressional Gold Medal In 1942 when the United States faced a critical shortage of pilots during World II, U.S. war leaders instituted a program that was, at the time,... — Updated 7/19/2016

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Only woman to declare war against the United States of America

Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho April 26, 1936 Amelia "Amy" Trice was the daughter of Helen and Baptiste Cutsack. She attended the Kootenai (KOOT-nee) Tribal School, Chemewa Indian... — Updated 5/14/2016

 

Mobilizer of the Native American Vote: Kalyn Free, Attorney at Law

Named one of the Top Fifty Women in Oklahoma Was Founder and President, Indigenous Democratic Network Attorney and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Kalyn Free founded and... — Updated 3/24/2016

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

Outstanding Native Women

• Placed herself on the frontline to save her village • Focus of documentary movie, Kivalina v. Exxon Colleen Swan was born and reared in Kivalina, Alaska a largely Inupiat... — Updated 9/10/2015

 
 By K.B. Schaller    Features

A spiritual and diplomatic leader

Viola Jimulla (1878–1966) was the Chief of the Prescott Yavapai tribe. She became Chief when her husband, who was also a Chief of the tribe, died in an accident in 1940. She... — Updated 8/1/2015

 

Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Ph.d (Environmental Engineer)

Otakuye Conroy-Ben (Oglala Sioux) is the oldest of five children born to Vina and Arlo Conroy, and is originally from Porcupine, South Dakota. Located in Shannon County, the third... — Updated 12/4/2014

 

Diane Humetewa

Hopi tribe member, Diane Humetewa (hoo-MEE-tee-wah) was born and reared in Arizona and started school on the Hualapai Reservation. Her father worked for the Bureau of Indian... — Updated 10/12/2014

 

First Native American declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church

Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon (near what is now Auriesville, New York) of an Algonquin mother and a Mohawk father, Kateri was orphaned at four years of age when smallpox... — Updated 7/23/2014

 
 By K.B. Schaller    News

Model for the Sacagawea Golden Dollar Coin

Many little girls wish to grow up to be fashion models, but how many aspire to sit for hours as the model for a historical figure on a coin? Randy'L He-Dow Teton... — Updated 5/25/2014

 

Outstanding Native Women

The daughter of sharecroppers Johnson and Gaynell Jacobs, Judy Jacobs (Lumbee Tribe) was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the youngest of twelve children. Her family,... — Updated 3/15/2014

 

The Spanish-American War Nurses

As the 1800s drew to an end, tribal women began to enter the armed forces as nurses. In 1898, the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps contracted four Native... — Updated 1/19/2014

 

Native American Rights Advocate and Banker

A great-granddaughter of Mountain Chief, one of the West's legendary leaders, Elouise Cobell (Yellow Bird Woman) was born into the heritage of Blackfeet activism. She graduated... — Updated 11/23/2013

 

Laura Beltz Wright

Born in Candle, Alaska, Laura Beltz Wright was a member of the Eskimo Scouts, also known as the Tundra Army and the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG). The units were created in 1942... — Updated 9/28/2013

 

Outstanding Native Women

Mary Golda Ross (1908-2008) Aerospace Pioneer The only Native American Indian female member of a “think tank” to design manned orbital space system concepts, Mary Golda Ross... — Updated 7/27/2013

 

LaDonna Harris, Activist (b. 1931)

One of the twentieth century’s most influential Native Americans in politics, Comanche social activist LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris was born February 15, 1931 in Temple,... — Updated 5/25/2013

 

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