Topic: Activist

YoNasDa Lonewolf, Mixed Black-Oglala Lakota Activist

YoNasDa Lonewolf  “Queen YoNasDa” is an activist, hip hop artist and curator of African and Lakota heritage. YoNasDa, pronounced Yo-Naja-Ha, meaning “Precious Jewel”, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. “No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman,” is a saying that breathes truth for Queen YoNasDa as she epitomizes this energy. Are […]

Indian Voices, Native American Newspaper by Rose Davis

Indian Voices is a community service that publishes monthly in San Diego with thousands of hard copies going out to various sites including many of the Native American Indian Reservations in San Diego County. Native American Newspaper Indian Voices owned by journalist and political activist Rose Davis is the culmination of efforts on the part […]

Dana Lone Hill, An Inspiring Lakota Writer, Activist

Dana Lone Hill, Oyate WačhíŋyAŋpi is a dedicated Native woman, mother, writer and activist with a family history full of notable Lakota people on both sides of her parentage. Dana Lone Hill can rest assured that her place in her tribe, the Oglala Lakota, is undisputable. On her mother’s side, she is the granddaughter of […]

Vine Deloria, Jr. Lakota & Dakota Historian, Activist (1933 – 2005)

Vine Deloria Jr. (Mar. 26, 1933 – Nov. 13, 2005) 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 later amplified his message through 20 more books about the American Indian experience which helped generate national attention […]

Aboriginal Warrior Activist of Nahaganset Heritage

  Neesu Wushuwunoag “Two Hawks” Aka Raymond L. Watson of Nahaganset heritage. Neesu Wushuwunoag is the great grandson of Chief George Watson of the Narragansett Indian Tribe (1981), 4th Great Grandsons of Chief Brister Michael of the Nahaganset Indian Tribe (1881) and also of direct lineage from the precolonial Chief Canonicus of the 1600s. He has roots […]

Dick Gregory, A Real Inspiration and True Warrior (1932 – 2017)

  Richard Claxton ‘Dick’ Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an influential comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public. His participation in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s is well-documented, as are his efforts on […]

Legendary Marlon Brando, American Actor and Activist (1924 – 2004)

American Hero and Extraordinary Human Being, Marlon Brando was one of the first actor-activists to march for Black American and American Indian rights. Video Playlist Below (Apr. 3, 1924 – Jul. 1, 2004) He spoke out against racism often and forcefully. He marched in demonstrations. And he gave money to civil rights groups. The Brando […]

Legendary Russell Means, Oglala Lakota Activist

Russell Means was an Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people. (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968, and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage. Russell Means has lived a […]

Wounded Knee Incident, Pine Ridge, South Dakota (1973)

February 27, 1973 to May 8, 1973: American Indian Movement (AIM) leaders, together with over 200 activists and Oglala Lakota (Sioux) of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who opposed Oglala tribal chairman Richard Wilson. They occupied the town of Wounded Knee in protest against Wilson’s administration, as well as against the federal government’s persistent failures […]

Matt Remle, Hunkpapa Lakota Human Rights Warrior

Matt Remle (Hunkpapa Lakota) – is a community organizer, educator, father and writer. His Lakota name is Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Charging Thunder), who was his many times Great Grandfather from the late 1700’s. Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Charging Thunder) was a Winter Count keeper for the Hunkpapa Lakota and was the Grandfather of Rain-in- the-Face, Red Thunder and […]

Paul Robeson, An American Trail Blazer (1898 – 1976)

“Paul Robeson at 100 years” Apr. 9, 1898 – Jan. 23, 1976 by William Loren Katz On April 9, 1898 Paul Robeson was born to a family steeped in resistance. His father had escaped from slavery. Young Robeson grew to be a majestic figure in the United States, beginning at Rutgers as an all-star athlete, then […]

Jihan Gearon, Mixed Black-Navajo (Diné) Advocate

Celebrating inspiring Jihan Gearon who is Diné (Navajo) and African American Jihan Gearon is the Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition and an aggressive advocate of Indigenous Peoples rights and environmental justice as well as an active organizer, speaker, and writer on these issues. Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and […]

Winona LaDuke, Author, Activist, Honor the Earth

Winona LaDuke Honor The Earth White Earth Land Recovery Project. Video Interview Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) activist, environmentalist, economist, author and orator. A graduate of Harvard & Antioch with advanced degrees in rural economic development, Winona LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands & lifeways of Native communities.  Winona LaDuke is […]

Harry Belafonte, Civil Rights, Human Rights Activist

Legendary Harry Belafonte has supported and encouraged civil and humanitarian causes around the world. He continuously fought for racial equality wherever he roamed, from the halls of Broadway to the streets of Birmingham. His life-long commitment to uplifting others and his courageous efforts to bring equality and peace has been an inspiration for so many. […]

Buffy Sainte-Marie, First Nations Cree Activist, Artist

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an Academy Award-winning First Nations Cree musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. Sainte-Marie expressed in a 2008 interview at the National Museum of the American Indian that she had been blacklisted, along with Native Americans and other native people in the Red Power movements in the 1970s. “I found out […]

Lamar Smith, Voting Rights Activist (1892 – 1955)

Lamar “Ditney” Smith was murdered in Mississippi (1892 – August 13, 1955) One of many unsung heroes who died so we could vote…Lamar Smith, a 63 year old farmer, World War II veteran, voting rights activist and a member of the Regional Counsel of Negro Leadership was shot dead on the courthouse lawn in Brookhaven, Mississippi […]
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