Quanah Parker - Notable Native Americans
Quanah Parker was a war leader of the Quahadi band of the Comanche Nation. He was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker - an Anglo-American who had been abducted as a nine-year-old child and assimilated into the Nokoni tribe -and Peta Nokona, a Comanche chief. During the 1870's Quanah became a skilled warrior, commanding warriors in multiple battles in which the Nʉmʉnʉʉ defeated the U.S. military and which also spanned into Mexico. In 1875 his band surrendered and settled on the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation in southwestern Indian Territory. Quanah Parker maintained a traditional Comanche worldview and life but also assimilated from a warrior life to a cattle rancher, helping ensure that the Comanches received fair payment for non-Comanche cattle grazing. He was one of the founders of the Native American Church. He spent most of his reservation life giving away his wealth to Comanche people in need. He is revered as one of the preeminent Chiefs of the Plains Indian Wars and an advocate for his People.
“White man goes into his churches to talk ABOUT Jesus, the Indian into his Tepee to talk TO Jesus.”
Matoaka (Pocahontas) - Notable Native Americans
Matoaka (Pocahontas) Matoaka (Pocahontas) was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribes in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia.
Pocahontas was captured and held for ransom by English colonists during the First Anglo-Powhatan War of 1613. Married at the time to Kocoum of the Patawomeck Nation, he was subsequently killed in the battles against the English.During her captivity, she was encouraged to convert to Christianity and was baptized under the name Rebecca. She married the tobacco planter John Rolfe in April 1614. In 1616 she sailed with her husband-at the encouragement of the Virginia Company to England, where she met English royalty. She was taken to promote the idea that Native Americans could be examples of Christian conversion.
Sometimes seen as a princess or peacemaker - and often inaccurately romanticized - her life was much more complicated than traditional narratives portray. She dies around the age of 21 in England shortly after boarding a boat to return home. She has many living descendants.
Sitting Bull - Notable Native Americans
Sitting Bull was a spiritual and war leader revered by his People. He led his band during a time of constant change and upheaval, refusing to engage in selling Tribal land or signing treaties. He is well known for his involvement in Red Cloud's War, the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn), and many other key and decisive battles during the 1860's and 70's. Sitting Bull later was involved in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, traveling extensively and performing for large audiences. He was assassinated while being arrested for his acknowledgment of the Ghost Dance.
"I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle." -
Isabel Meadows - Notable Native Americans
Isabel Meadows was an Ohlone ethnologist and the last fluent speaker of the Rumsen Ohlone language. She worked closely with the anthropologists from the Smithsonian Institution for more than five years in order to document her culture and language. Her work is considered fundamental in the study of Ohlone languages, especially Rumsen.
Laura Cornelius Kellogg - Notable Native Americans
Laura Cornelius Kellogg was a leader, author, orator, activist and visionary. She spent her life as a spokesperson and leading figure , arguing for tribal sovereignty, land claims and cultural renaissance. She was a founder of the Society of American Indians. She was a descendant of several Chiefs. Highly educated, she lived and traveled in several European countries and across the United States, fighting for local Tribes and diving into whatever cultures surrounding her. Her advocacy for Native peoples led her to be called the "Indian Joan of Arc." During her support of women's suffrage, she noted: ""It is a cause of astonishment to us that you white women are only now, in this twentieth century, claiming what has been the Indian woman's privilege as far back as history traces." SHe also wrote Our Democracy and the American Indian. Her advocacy and strong words led her to be hindered by accusations of misuse of funds or agitation. Her positions created divisions and often alienated government figures who found her approaches abrasive. Nevertheless, Kellogg was a powerhouse and relentless believer in speaking truth and defending Native peoples.
Chief Ouray - Notable Native Americans
Chief Ouray was acknowledged by the United States government as a chief of the Ute and he traveled to Washington, D.C. to negotiate for the welfare of the Utes. Ouray met with Presidents Lincoln, Grant, and Hayes and was called the man of peace because he sought to make treaties with settlers and the government, and was a constant force for peace. He tried to secure a treaty for the Uncompahgre Ute - who wanted to stay in Colorado - but was unsuccessful. His band was forced to a reservation in Utah in 1881. Chief Ouray had been a negotiator during the Treaty of Conejos (1863), wherein the Utes exchanged the loss of 50% of their land for the right to live in Western Colorado in perpetuity.
Lucy Thompson - Notable Native Americans
Lucy Thompson was a Native American author known for her book To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman. Written in 1916, the book is intended to preserve her people's stories. She was a champion of her people, bringing to light the genocide of Native Californians, as well as over-fishing by non-Natives.
Chief Joseph - Notable Native Americans
Chief Joseph was a leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce, and is one of the most famous Native American Chiefs in history. The story of his people's trek toward Canada in an attempt to remain free is one of the most iconic and widely-known stories of Indigenous survival . His father - Old Chief Joseph - had signed the Treaty of Walla Walla in 1855, which established a reservation in present-day Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. However, as more settlers arrived to the territory, government commissioners attempted to have the Nez Perce sign a second treaty, which would force Chief Joseph's band to remove permanently onto a much smaller reservation in western Idaho. Joseph and several other Chiefs resisted, and fled towards Canada with 700 men, women, and children with the intent of crossing the border and camping with Sitting Bull of the Lakota, who had been living in Canada. The Nez Perce evaded capture over a 1,170-mile journey, fighting retreating skirmishes and battles along the way in a desperate attempt to remain free. They were eventually cornered 40 miles away from the border, and those who survived were forced to the new reservation. When he died in 1904, the doctor determined his cause of death to be from a "broken heart."
"Do not misunderstand me; but understand me fully with reference to my affection for the land. I never said the land was mine to do with as I choose. The one who has a right to dispose of it is the one who created it. I claim a right to live on my land, and accord you the privilege to return to yours."
Zitkala-Ša - Notable Native Americans
Zitkala-Ša was a writer, editor, translator, musician, educator, and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her struggles with cultural identity, and the pull between the majority culture in which she was educated, and the Dakota culture into which she was born and raised.She was co-founder of the National Council of American Indians in 1926, which was established to lobby for Native people's right to United States citizenship and other civil rights they had long been denied.
Chief Standing Bear - Notable Native Americans
Chief Standing Bear was a Ponca chief and Native American civil rights leader who successfully argued in U.S. District Court in 1879 in Omaha that Native Americans are "persons within the meaning of the law" and have the right of habeas corpus. He is therefore the first Native American to have legally asserted that he had Civil Rights under U.S. law. Standing Bear oversaw the time period of removal for his people, and was misled into singing a document of removal for the Ponca from their territory in Nebraska to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). After reluctantly agreeing to view potential reservation lands , he and other Chiefs were not happy with what they saw. Nonetheless, in 1877 he and his people were forced to walk to Oklahoma, where many people died-including 1 of his daughters. While in Oklahoma, his son also died. He promised his son he would bury him in their traditional territory. Upon setting off towards Nebraska , he was arrested, thus starting his legal case.
“This hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be of the same color as yours. The same God made us both. I am a Man.”
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