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Linda Hogan
Linda K. Hogan (born 1947 Denver) is a Native American poet, storyteller, academic, playwright, novelist, environmentalist and writer of short stories.
Ada DeerLife-long advocate for social justice, Ada E. Deer was the first woman to head the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Louise Erdrich
Karen Louise Erdrich, (Little Falls, Minnesota June 7, 1954) is an American author of novels, poetry, and children's books featuring Native American characters and settings. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance.
Yvonne St. Germaine

Yvonne St. Germaine is a Cree Musician and speaker who travels with her incredible story. Prior to Yvonne's miracle that took place, July 26, 2006, she was leading a very dark lonely abused suicidal life. Yvonne was addicted to many things; alcohol, prescriptions pills and street drugs. She became severely addicted to crack cocaine. Yvonne was seeking hope and healing when she attended a Pilgrimage at Lac Ste.Anne, Alberta. In desperation she went forward to the prayer line and cried out to God!! It was then Yvonne felt the hand of Jesus touch her instant miracle took place! Yvonne was chosen that moment by Jesus Christ. By His Grace she was instantly set free from the bondage she was in. Yvonne never experienced detox or withdrawal and since that very day she has been a willing vessel for her Savior, telling all who are seeking hope that Jesus Saves!
Radmilla Cody

Radmilla Cody is (Diné/Navajo) and African-American. She is a Grammy nominee, a multiple Native American Music Awards winner, an international performer, a former Miss Navajo Nation, and the founder of the “Strong Spirit: Life is Beautiful not Abusive” campaign.
Cody would like to be referred to as ‘Dine/Navajo,’ ‘indigenous’ and ‘Native.’ When asked why this is important to her she states, “I used to refer to myself as ‘Native American,’ but over time I have learned more about colonization and the colonial terms that came with the assimilation process which continues today. We are original people of this so-called USA, therefore we should be acknowledged as such, but also to ourselves as indigenous, as the indigenous backgrounds we identify with; indigenous, or Native of our own territories.. Not the European settlers’ or colonial settlers’ identification of who they think we should be. We must reclaim our identity and stop allowing the settler-colonialists to define who we are.”
Kim Seyesnem Obrzut
Kim Obrzut has been casting bronze for 18 years, focusing primarily on American Indian art and Hopi maidens. Her dexterity in the medium is reflected in her unique and elegant style, which has earned her praise in museums, private collections, magazines and books all over the world. She combines modern design techniques and traditional values with an artistic philosophy, creating masterfully executed bronze figures.
Her favorite art is traditional, although in her own work she likes to explore new possibilities making her work very unique. Kim understands the beauty of the female, which is of utmost importance in Hopi society and captures it in her powerful and expressive sculptures.
Charon Asetoyer

Charon is the rare leader that can explain the intersection of reproductive justice, environmental justice and Native American rights while working to effect changes at all levels. The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC), a Ms. grantee founded by Charon in 1988, runs a domestic violence shelter and maintains a wide range of programs for cultural preservation, AIDS prevention, environmental action, fetal alcohol syndrome, nutrition, health and reproductive rights. Reflecting on the sit-in, Charon said, “It didn’t take us long to figure out that through organizing collectively, working together, that we could move little mountains.” She has been organizing collectively across issues and movements ever since.

A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma, Loretta Barrett Oden's earliest memories revolve around being in the kitchen.
Still, she came to professional cooking later in life, well after she'd raised a family and her children were on their own. An empty nester traveling in California and the Southwest, she was hard-pressed to find Native American foodways.
The more she looked, the less she saw. It became her turning point.
Working with her son Clay in the early 1990s, she opened the Corn Dance Cafe in Santa Fe, N.M. It was the first restaurant in the country to focus on foods indigenous to the Americas. Her son passed away at 38, and after nearly a decade the cafe closed. Oden emerged with an even stronger commitment to preserving indigenous foods and traditions.
Gathering recipes through oral histories and travel, the 72-year-old has made it her mission to find recipes, track trade routes and spread knowledge of indigenous foods across the Americas. Sharing Native American history through cooking, Oden sees food as her most powerful educational tool.
Angela Murray-Heavy-Runner

As a Blackfeet woman, Angela Murray-Heavy-Runner understands her sixth grade students’ complicated family backgrounds: In the past, she’s taught Blackfeet children who were born addicted to amphetamines or lived with their grandparents because of family troubles. She knows cultural rules and taboos. Some of the male students in her sixth grade class, for example, wear long braids down their backs in deference to an ancient Blackfeet belief that hair-cutting is bad luck. Others might come to school on the occasional Monday with faint stains of red paint on their faces, left over from a weekend ceremony. Like many Native teachers, she’s aware some children and their families are distrustful of schools and teachers. In the past, many white teachers arrived only to leave within a year or two. Memories from the boarding-school era linger, too—echoes of a time when school was a place of cruelty, where their culture was systematically unraveled.

Naomi Lang

Naomi Lang (born December 18, 1978) is an American ice dancer. With skating partner Peter Tchernyshev, she is a two-time (2000 and 2002) Four Continents champion, a five-time (1999–2003) U.S. national champion, and competed at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Lang is the first Native American female athlete to participate in the Winter Olympics.
Karen Noles

Born and raised in the very small town of Merna, Nebraska, Karen`s talent for art was encouraged from a very early age. Upon graduation from the Omaha School of Commercial Art at the age of 19, the Hallmark Card Company promptly hired her as a greeting card illustrator where she continued to work in illustration for Hallmark and other companies for nearly 20 years before venturing into the fine art market. She has also created collector plate series for the Hamilton Group and the Bradford Exchange, and illustrations and designs for children`s products for Roth International.
Karen has lived, raised a family, and professionally painted on the Flathead Indian Reservation located in Northwest Montana for the last 35 years. Her renowned specialty is oil paintings of Native Americans, especially Indian children. Karen`s sensitive portrayal of pre- and early reservation Indians, using actual Native Americans modeling authentic period clothing and collectible artifacts, has generated a national following. Her meticulous, fine brush attention to the Indian`s exquisite and masterful use of bead and quill work is stunning.
Mitchelene BigMan

BigMan was born and raised on the Crow reservation in Montana. She enlisted at age 21 and went on to become a mechanic supporting a combat battalion.
When she retired after two decades, she formed the Native American Women Warriors. The group includes all ranks and branches of service. They promote diversity and equality in the military and on reservations.
Nearly 5,000 Native American women have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. BigMan's grandmother served in WWII.


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