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Native Daughters is a collection of stories, profiles and multimedia projects about a diverse group of Native American women. They are healers and warriors, story tellers and law makers, leaders, environmentalists and artists. It is our intention that these stories are just a starting point to learn about Native American women and we hope women across the country will join in and share their voice.

Valerie Red-Horse is an artist

Valerie Red-Horse has always written her own life script. In it, she’s played many roles: wife, mother, actress, director and CEO. Throughout it all, Red-Horse has managed to show the world who she is…and who she isn’t.

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Winona LaDuke is an environmentalist

Winona LaDuke addressed the UN at 18, graduated from Harvard, won human rights awards and even ran for vice-president on Ralph Nader’s Green Party ticket. While most of America still argues over problems of climate change, poverty and health care, LaDuke is grabbing her hoe and getting to work. And she has no time to be nice about it.

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Susan La Flesche is a healer

In 1889, Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first female Native doctor in the United States. Though her story might be long forgotten, her life’s work lives on.

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Danelle Smith is a law giver

Eighteen years ago, Danelle Smith was a 19-year-old half-breed on the Winnebago rez, pregnant and freaking out. Now, she’s a trailblazer in the world of tribal law.

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Cecilia Fire Thunder is a leader

Women are taking charge, crafting tribal policies and leading their people to a brighter future – leaders like Oglala Lakota former president Cecilia Fire Thunder, who speaks out about abuses against Native daughters that didn’t exist in the far past.

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Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is a story teller

As Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve’s stories came to life, her life became her stories. Sneve has based nearly all of her published work on family moments, inspired by the rich heritage of oral storytelling traditions. In a voice that celebrates the past, she brings traditional Native values to the present.

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Darla Black is a warrior

Darla Black has been fighting for her entire life. Her resilient spirit has persevered through her struggles in male-dominated fields—defending her nation and her home in the army and tribal law enforcement to overcoming her own personal demons.

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Cecelia Fire Thunder strives to lead her tribe, despite sharp criticisms

Whether you call her an advocate or a radical, it is impossible to deny Cecelia Fire Thunder’s determination and clear vision for the future of her tribe.

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Native women move to the front of tribal leadership

Though their voices have traditionally been silenced by a male-dominated hierarchy, females are choosing to speak up and stand out, breaking the bonds of tradition and taking control of their people’s future.

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Education is the future for Native leaders

While leaving the reservation for college may be difficult, a good education is the key to success.

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