Day 16: Indigenous People to Celebrate

{DISCLAIMER: These reflections are solely my reflections from my journey as a Potawatomi woman. They do not reflect the journey or stories of every indigenous person, and it should not be assumed that every indigenous person has the same experiences. Thank you for joining me here. May we grow toward unity together.}


Here are five indigenous women I’m paying attention to these days, and I hope you’ll pay attention, too.

  1. Tanaya Winder: Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company. She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. You can order her newest book here. 
  2. Winona LaDuke: Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. As Program Director of the Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities. And in her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, she also continues national and international work to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
  3. Kandi Mossett: Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network works to bring light to the impact of climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America.
  4. Louise Erdrich: Louise Erdrich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Band of Chippewa Indians. She’s an author of various books as well as a bookstore owner of Birchbark Books in Minnesota. She’s won various awards for her novels.
  5. Edith Woodley: Edith Woodley runs Eloheh Seeds with her husband, Randy. They grow plants that are GMO-free, open-pollinated, organic. I’ve personally ordered seeds from their farm and I was so happy to be supporting their work. You can check out their amazing work here, and order something for your own garden.


These are just five of the MANY women that I’ve been following and supporting from different aspects of indigenous culture, different tribes, different talents.

I encourage you to search out people you can follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and support the ways in which indigenous peoples are working to support their families and cultures everyday.



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