Native women you should have learned about in history class

Native women have always served as leaders, healers, artists, and anything else they wanted to be—but you wouldn’t know it from reading most history textbooks. Pocahontas and Sacajawea are usually there, but their lives are generally reduced to the part they played in saving white men. Sometimes Northern Paiute activist Sarah Winnemuca Hopkins or Wilma Mankiller (former chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) will make it in. A friend in California reports that her kindergartener even learned about Tongva-Gabrieliño revolutionary Toypurina at school this year.

While it would be impossible to list all the Native women who have made history, we want to provide a sampling—to make up for what history classes lack.

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