Explore a selection of ancestral stories and videos of Native American Indian ancestors.  Many stories of Native Americans also called First Nations, Indigenous Americans or American Indians are way too often left from our school history books. So many Native American Indian unsung heroes and heroines who contributed to the struggle for freedom.

Compiled from "Cogewea, The Half-Blood" by Christal Quinstaket (Mourning Dove) and RootsWeb. Mourning Dove aka Christal Quintasket (1888 - August 6, 1936) was a Salish author and best known for…
Te Ata Thompson or Te Ata Fisher after her marriage, was a superb actress and member of the Chickasaw Nation known for telling American Indian stories. She performed as a…
Wovoka (c. 1856 - September 20, 1932), also known as Jack Wilson, was a Northern Paiute Medicine Man who founded the Ghost Dance movement. Prophet Wodziwob, another Northern Paiute is…
"Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) This Cheyenne war chief was a contemporary of Dull Knife. He was not so strong a character as the other,…
Based on materials from "Native North American Biography" edited by Sharon Malinowski and Simon Glickman Mary Ellen Moore-Richard (Sep. 26, 1954 - Feb. 14, 2013) known as Mary Brave Bird,…
Based on materials from "Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman and Wikipedia. Chief Ta-Oyate-Duta "Little Crow" (C: 1810 – July 3, 1863), Dakota was the eldest son…
Margaret George Brown, a Catawba Elder was one of the last person in South Carolina to raise her children to speak the Catawba language. Born in 1837, Margaret lived on…
"Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull (1831 – December 15, 1890), Hunkpapa Lakota. It is not easy to characterize Sitting Bull, of…
"Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Red Cloud was born about 1820 near the forks of the Platte River. He was one of a family of…
"Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Chief Gall, Hunkpapa Lakota was one of the most aggressive leaders of the Sioux nation in their last stand for…
"Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains" by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) The life of Dull Knife, the Cheyenne, is a true hero tale. Simple, child-like yet manful, and devoid of selfish…
Yet Si Blue "the woman who talks", also know as Janet McCloud and born into family of Chief Seattle was a prominent Tulalip and indigenous peoples activist. Her activism helped…
Excerpt from Susan Supernaw honoring the memories of Phillip Deere, Muscogee (Creek). Photo (1979) ©Ilka Hartmann. Phillip Deere was a traditional Muscogee (Creek) healer from Nuyaka Grounds, Okemah, Oklahoma, who…
Russell Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people. He became a prominent member of the American Indian…
Actor & Artist Painter Will Sampson, a Muscogee Creek, was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Sampson's most notable roles were as "Chief Bromden" in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and…
Angeline Seattle was called Kick-is-om-lo in her Lushootseed tongue and also as known Kikisoblu, Wewick, and "Princess Angeline". She was the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle. She was a member…
Vine Deloria Jr. was a Lakota and Dakota author, theologian, historian, and activist. He burst into the American consciousness in 1969 with his book "Custer Died for Your Sins" and…