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Evereta Thinn - Diné (Navajo) - "When Evereta entered college as the only Native American in her English 101 class, it was at that moment she realized that she needed to speak up and not be that stereotypical 'shy' Indian that keeps to herself. She started bywriting an essay in that very class about living in 'two worlds'; living in the traditional world and living in the modern world and how Native Americans need to find that balance in today’s society."

Winona LaDuke is a Native American, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer. "I’m Bear Clan from the White Earth reservation, which is located between Bemidji and Fargo. My parents met because my dad was selling wild rice. I am part of a wild ricing culture. We are not rich in money, but we are wealthy in rice and other traditional foods. Sun Bear was my father’s name, and he used to have a saying: “I don’t want to hear your philosophy if it doesn’t grow corn.”

Radmilla Cody (Navajo/African American) was the first biracial Miss Navajo crowned in 1998. Courtesy: John Running.

Maria Campbell (born 6 of 26 Apr 1940 near Athlone, Edmonton) is a Métis author, playwright, broadcaster, filmmaker, and Elder. Campbell is a fluent speaker of four languages: Cree, Michif, Saulteaux, and English. Park Valley is located 80 miles northwest of Prince Albert.

Alexandra Rice is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) actress, born in 1972 in Kahnawake, Quebec, and is proud of her Mohawk heritage.

Angie Harmon is of Cherokee Native American descent on her father's side. No wonder I like her so much ♥

Model and actress Brenda Schad is Choctaw and Cherokee

Brenda Schad (born 1971) is an All Native American model. She founded the Native American Children’s Fund in Oklahoma and is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent.

Singer Yma Sumac, a descendant of Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor, 1950s

Sarah Winnemucca (1844 – 1891) was a prominent female Native American activist and educator, and an influential figure in the United States' nineteenth-century Indian policies. Winnemucca was notable for being the first Native American woman known to secure a copyright and to publish in the English language. Sarah was a person of two worlds. At the time of her birth her people had only very limited contact with Euro-Americans; however she spent much of her adult life in white society.......Why?

Brenda Schad is an All Native American model. Schad is of Choctaw Cherokee descent. She also founded the Native American Children’s Fund in Oklahoma

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Chelsey Minthorn- Umatilla Indian Reservation- cultural ambassador

Sacheen Littlefeather On March 27, 1973, a young woman took the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, to decline Marlon Brando’s Best Actor Oscar. She said that Marlon Brando cannot accept this award because of the treatment of American Indians by the film industry and the recent happenings at Wounded Knee.

Mary Killman (Potawatomi from Texas) is a synchronized swimmer at the 2012 Olympics.

Zitkala-Ša or 'Red bird' (1876–1938), was also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin. The child of a full-blood Yankton Sioux, she was born in 1876 on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and raised in a tipi on the Missouri River until age 12. She went to a Quaker missionary school for Indians, eventually becoming a teacher, musician, author and activist.

She’s among the Army’s first members from Navajo tribe. Despite her five foot-one-inch frame, Lt.Col. Nathele Anderson stands tall as a Native American serving her country. “I take every opportunity I can to tell people that I am a Native American because I’m proud of my heritage. I want people to ask about being a Native American because I don’t think there’s enough emphasis put on our heritage as this nation’s first Americans,” she said.

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Padma Lakshmi - american indian model

Portrait of Zitkala-Sa by Gertrude Kasebier, about 1898. Zitkala-Sa was the pen name of writer and activist Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (1876-1938).  She exposed the hardships faced by students at Native American boarding schools by writing about her own experiences as a student and as a teacher.  Zitkala-Sa also published a book of tribal folklore called Old Indian Legends. She also founded the National Council of American Indians, which was trans-tribal, to lobby for better treatment for all.

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Marie Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952) was a Chippewa attorney. Marie was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law. Today the Women’s Law Association at her alma mater funds a scholarship in her name. Following law school, Marie worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was treasurer the Society of American Indians.

Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1845 – ca. 1911) was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. She was of African American, Haitian, and Ojibwe descent.