Here are five more warriors – adding to our previous post to honor our sacred women warriors.
As we previously noted, Our sacred women are the ones who raise the warriors and the chiefs – those who are charged with protecting the people – and our women encourage and may even shame the men to do what is right. And if the men can not do it, then the women will.
In honor of these women, Here are 5 more modern day Native women warriors.
Janet McCloud (Yet-Si-Blue)
McCloud was born into the Tulalip Tribes and is a direct descendant of Chief Seattle. As an organizer and defender of fishing rights in the Northwest, she founded the Survival of American Indians Association, the Brotherhood of American Indians, and the Northwest Indian Women’s Circle. She organized Spiritual Unity Gatherings, the Elder’s Circle, the Indigenous Women’s Network, and was a founding member of the Native American Rights Fund. Grandmother, elder, community leader, teacher, she is honored in the high esteem Native people hold for her. She walked on in 2003.
Mary Brave Bird (Mary Crow Dog)
A Sicangu Lakota activist that joined AIM as a teenager and was involved for many years, she told her story in two best-selling biographies, “Lakota Woman” and “Ohitika Woman.” She was married to medicine man Leonard Crow Dog, they separated, reconciled and divorced, she remarried in 1991. She spoke of women’s struggles in the Movement and her activism and spiritualism gave destitute people hope, pride and direction. She walked on in 2013.
Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (Naguset Eask)
A Mi’kmaq activist from Nova Scotia, she became the highest ranking woman in the American Indian Movement during the Wounded Knee era and fought for her Native sisters to be treated equally. In the repression after Wounded Knee she was threatened by the FBI but was also accused of being an informer. Anna Mae was found murdered at Pine Ridge and buried there in a hasty ceremony in 1975. In the last 10 years, two AIM members have been tried and sentenced for her murder.
Ingrid Washinawatok (O-Peqtaw Metamoh)
Menominee activist from Wisconsin, she was working for the International Indian Treaty Council, UN Commission on Human Rights, and the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations when she was executed along with two other activists by FARC guerillas in Colombia in 1999 after being invited by the U’wa People to set up schools to counter activities by Occidental Petroleum.
A member of the Lenca community in Honduras, she was an Indigenous leader, a defender of Native peoples, their cultures and the Environment. Berta was Director of the National Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), she won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to stop the Agua Zarca dam project, she was arrested under false pretenses and later acquitted. She was murdered in her sleep on March 2, 2016 which immediately caused an international outcry to bring her killers to justice.