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Indigenous Speakers Series at Oklahoma State University

On April 20, 2021 at 3:00 PM, you are invited to join Madonna Thunder Hawk, Beth Castle, and Dawna Riding In Hare for a special live, online panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Amanda Johnson.

Register below to attend the live online panel on April 20 and receive a link to stream Warrior Women at your leisure any time from April 13 - April 27
This event has passed, but you can check out the film on DVD from the OSU Library

The panel will discuss the film, and explore subjects including Indigenous activism, Native identity, the complexities of mother/daughter relationships, legacy, intergenerational trauma, and strategies of resistance among Native people.

Note: The link to stream the film will be sent in a separate email from Clarke Iakovakis.

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About the Film

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival Group as a Native alternative to government-run boarding schools. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values. Through their story, the film explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met Native resistance with mass violence.

About the Speakers

Madonna Thunder Hawk

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MADONNA THUNDER HAWK is a Lakota Matriarch and organizing force behind every modern Native occupation from Alcatraz, Wounded Knee in 1973, to the Standing Rock #NODAPL protest. Born and raised across the Oceti Sakowin homelands, she was radicalized in the late 1960s as a force of nature within the American Indian Movement and co-founded Women of All Red Nations and the Black Hills Alliance. A powerful voice for Native resistance and sovereignty, Thunder Hawk has spoken around the world as part of the global movement for Indigenous rights, serving as a delegate to the United Nations. Featured in the 2018 Peabody nominated film Warrior Women, she lives on Cheyenne River reservation where she established the Wasagiya Najin "Grandmothers' Group," works as a tribal liaison for the Lakota People’s Law Project and is the matriarch behind the Warrior Women Project, a collective for the development of scholarship, media, and activism. She is the Original Gangster Granny.

Beth Castle

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DR. ELIZABETH "BETH" CASTLE works at the intersection of media, scholarship, and activism as a Shawnee-descended anti-racist educator committed to liberating and sharing unknown histories of resistance. She started the Warrior Women Project (WWP) to preserve the oral histories of Indigenous activists and disrupt the dominant historical narrative through her book Women were the Backbone, Men were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movement. While completing her Ph.D. at Cambridge University, she worked at the White House for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. She co-directed the Peabody Award Nominated film, Warrior Women (2018), and continues the collective work of the WWP in decolonizing curricula, activist archiving, and community media work.


Dawna Riding In Hare

Dawna Riding In Hare

DAWNA RIDING IN HARE, a member of the Pawnee Nation and Wichita descendent, has served on the Pawnee Business Council since May 2015 and is currently in her second term. She chairs of the Land & Property Committee and Inter-governmental Affairs Committee. Committee appointments also include the Enrollment and Communications Committees. Dawna is a graduate of Haskell Indian Junior College, University of Kansas, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Masters in Native American Leadership. She spent her career with an urban Indian program and Pawnee Nation tribal government.

Dawna is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Oklahoma State University and Co-advisor for the Native American Student Association. She lives in Pawnee with her husband Charles. They have three children Carly Hare, Electa Red Corn, and Danon Hare, and six grandchildren Lottice, Atticus, Signy, Tawali, Maven and Felix.

Amanda Johnson

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AMANDA JOHNSON is currently a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of History here at Oklahoma State University. She also earned a master’s degree in History from Arizona State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University. Amanda currently specializes in the fields of Native American History, Gender and Sexuality, and United State History. She also is an instructor for the Survey of American History course at OSU.

Under the direction of Professor Douglas Miller, Amanda is crafting a dissertation titled, “Beating the Drums for Ourselves: Native American Women and Activism in the Twentieth Century.” Her dissertation explores the lives of numerous Indigenous activists from across North America and their creation of national and international women’s organizations within the context of the Red Power Movement and Second Wave feminism.