The Warrior Women Project is an innovative collaboration of scholarship, media, and activism that seeks to provide a forum for the Warrior Women of the Red Power Movement and current indigenous activists to tell their stories in their own words for the benefit of future generations. We recognize women as history makers in their own right and as keepers of rich cultural traditions. The stories of these relatives, organizers, activists, thinkers, and community leaders cannot and should not be left absent from the modern history of indigenous peoples.
As an indigenous women’s collective organized around the principle that the past and present are interconnected in the indigenous worldview, we believe that knowledge leads to action. Our mission is to ensure the informed future of Indigenous Nations by empowering the leadership and solutions of Native women through culturally relevant research and outreach programming.
Warrior Women was founded in the same tradition of ancestral Native women’s societies that led to the 1978 historic establishment of Women of All Red Nations (WARN). This is a tradition in which women worked together in gender-specific groups to address an issue that fell within their sphere of responsibility as cultural caretakers. In our case, Warrior Women came together to find contemporary methods of passing on vital cultural information being lost due to intergenerational historical trauma and the persistent impact of colonization.