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July 1943: Minnie Spotted Wolf became the first Native American woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (US National Archives)

Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952), Chippewa lawyer; she was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law, in 1914. She worked in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and was an officer in the Society of American Indians. Because she was a fluent French speaker, she offered her skills as a translator to the War Department during WWI.

Native Americans Indians From Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

Tantoo Cardinal, 63, beautiful and talented Cree Native American actor.

Ingrid Washinawatok el-Issa was a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. In her native language, her name, O'Peqtaw-Metamoh, means "Flying Eagle Woman." She dedicated her life to promoting the rights of indigenous peoples, and was executive director of a fund that endeavored to revitalize indigenous languages.

Ingrid Washinawatok el-Issa - Reflections on Working Toward Peace

Alice Charley (StuYat) lived in hiding for 18 years to escape being sent to a white boarding school where her language and culture would be stripped away. Born in 1909, Alice lived with two grandaunts in Spearfish, on the Columbia River. Alice never enrolled in the Yakama Tribe as a child. Without tribal identification, she eluded agents as they swept homes for children. She immersed herself in her Native culture, learning five dialects, scraping hides and gathering food.

Wife of Geronimo Two Children, 1880s, Native American Apache Indian. It was the death of his fourth wife that sent him on a revenge killing spree amongst the Mexicans. He hated them so much that he did not count their kills.

Junal Gerlach -Top Native Model/Actress -with her daughter Ina King- The Real Miss America And Little Miss America! Modeling Tribal Impressions Hanna Top, Matching Fringed Skirt and Five Layer Minnetonka Zipper Boots! Review The Collections off of: www.indianvillage... You can also find out more about Junal's professional modeling and acting off of: www.modelmayhem.c...

Tribal And Western Impressions

Stunningly beautiful Portrait of Hattie Tom, Native American Chiricahua Apache woman. Photo taken 1899

Another beautiful photo of Lenna Geronimo. ca. 1900-07.

Amy Locklear Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina, is the director of the American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Zitkala Sa, wrote several works chronicling her struggles in her youth as she was pulled back and forth between the influences of American culture and her Native American heritage. She wrote books in English that brought traditional Native American stories to a widespread white readership. Photographed 1898 by Gertrude Kasebier.

Sacheen Littlefeather, refusing the 1973 Best Actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando (The Godfather). Brando was protesting the entertainment industry’s depiction of Native Americans in film and television, as well as what were then the recent events at Wounded Knee.

Culture: Chayla Delorme Maracle, Jingle Dancer at Saddle Lake Powwow. Whenever someone needs healing of their physical, mental, or emotional self, the Jingle Dancers are called upon. Many healings have taken place; therefore, the dance is a respected and revered one. Though frequently utilized for healing ceremonies, the Jingle Dress is also done in competitions nationwide.

Buffy Saint Marie born as Beverly Sainte-Marie February 20, 1941 is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. She founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans.

Zitkala-Sa with William F. Hanson, co-composed the first American Indian opera, The Sun Dance, which premiered in 1913. She founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for the rights of Native Americans to American citizenship, on which she served as president until her death in 1938.

Irene Bedard - Daughter of an Inupiat Eskimo and a French Canadian/Cree. Born in Alaska in 1967. Eskimo name is Goodiarook, which means "someone who dropped." She was the physical model for the Pocahontas character in the Disney films, and the voice of Pocahontas in the Disney animated film. She went on to play Pocahontas's mother in 2005's "The New World."

Irene Bedard.. Irene’s nickname is Peanut. She has an Eskimo name, Goodiarook, which means “someone who dropped.”

Irene Bedard - IMDb