Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2012


Great Plains Quarterly 32:2 (Spring 2012).


Copyright © 2012 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska.


The editors of this volume recognize politics, activism, and culture as three areas where Indigenous women come together across place and time in order to counter colonial policies that have diminished their power, status, and material circumstances in mainstream society as well as in their own communities. The essays included in Indigenous Women and Feminism explore these three areas through the work of Indigenous women living in the Great Plains regions of Canada and the United States.

The essays in part 1, "Politics," point to leadership as an imperative component of Indigenous feminism. Their authors examine the politics of leadership from a cultural perspective through personal experience to uncover the legal and ethical frameworks that have transformed the lives of Indigenous women, including the leadership styles of two creative historical figures, Nancy Ward and Laura Cornelius Kellogg.