Posts Tagged ‘Great American Women’

featherKateri Tekakwitha  [tek”äkwith’u]

1656 – April 17, 1680

“Born in 1656 of an Algonquin Indian mother who was a devout Christian, and a pagan Mohawk chief.  Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II. Despite common understanding, Tekakwitha’s people were of a matrilineal tradition. Therefore,  she belonged to the Algonquin nation. (more…)

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featherWilma Mankiller

Former Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Born: 11/18/1945

Birthplace: Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Wilma Mankiller was born in Mankiller Flats near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, but as a child was moved with her family to California as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation program, an event she details in her book Mankiller: A Chief and Her People. (more…)

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Stop the rape NOW!


Each year the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers highlights sixteen women, men and organizations that standout in the fight against gender violence. Representing November 25th, is:

featherIngrid El-Issa

The Fund for the Four Directions
, New York City, USA. 

Native American Women’s Rights Activist

Ingrid El-Issa (O’Peqtaw-Metamoh) was an outspoken Indigenous women’s human rights activist who was brutally murdered in February of 1999. Ingrid was Executive Director of the Fund for the Four Directions where she initiated a new effort to promote and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures.

She was the Chair of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which eventually created the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2002. Ingrid is acknowledged by many as one of the key figures in the establishment of the Forum.

Today, she is recognized as a pioneering women’s human rights defender who helped to integrate Indigenous Rights into the human rights framework and influenced governments and institutions to take action on a number of Indigenous rights concerns.


I Own My Vote, PUMA, The Denver Group, Just Say No Deal

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