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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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