The September issue of Marie Claire (UK) magazine features eight strong and beautiful Native American women who are working hard to preserve their culture for future generations. Let's take a quick look at who they featured!
Tribe Affiliation: Diné (Navajo)
Occupation: Administrator at a Shonto School District
She aspires to start a language and cultural immersion school for the Diné (Navajo) people.
Alayna Eagle Shield (left) and Tonia Jo Hall (right)
Tribe Affiliation: Lakota & Arikara
Occupation: Teacher in the Lakota Language Nest Head Start program/Medical student
Alayna currently holds a seat in the National Native Youth Cabinet under the National Congress of American Indians (CNAI). You already know Tonia Jo from her hilarious comedy.
Shawn Little Thunder
Tribe Affiliation: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Occupation: Poet / Singer / Songwriter
Rez Poetry: ‘Wičhóiye Wašaka' (Strong Words) was the name she coined for her open mic events. ‘That’s what I want to do, empower other Natives, especially the younger generations'.
Tribe Affiliation: Hualapai, Hopi & Diné (Navajo)
Occupation: Server at W Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sage earned the title of 1st attendant in the 2012 Miss Native American USA pageant.
Juliana Brown Eyes-Clifford
Tribe Affiliation: Oglala Lakota & Samoan
Occupation: Musician, photographer, film maker, artist
Juliana and her husband, Scotti Clifford, have formed the band, ‘Scatter Their Own' (which is the English translation for the word Oglala). They are self-taught musicians whose songs are about Mother Earth, social justice and Native American culture.
Kelli Brooke Haney
Tribe Affiliation: Seminole, Creek and Choctaw
Occupation: Musician / Artist
Kelli's the daughter of former Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation, Enoch Kelly Haney. In the early 2000s she formed a rockabilly band with her best friend called The Oh Johnny! Girls and also has a solo music project called Hudson Roar.
Juanita C. Toledo
Tribe Affiliation: Walatowa-Pueblo of Jemez
Occupation: Works for the Community Wellness Program on Jemez Pueblo Reservation
Growing up, Juanita was valedictorian of her charter school, President of the Native American Youth Empowerment (NAYE) group, and on the executive committee of UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth Organization). Today, she works for the Community Wellness program on her reservation and has truly influenced positive changes in the program and in her community.
Congrats ladies! To read the full bio for each lady please visit Marie Claire. More images and a full story will be available in the print version of the September issue of Marie Claire (UK).