Adolfo P. Esquivel
Al Gore
Alice Walker
Amitabha Sadangi
Anderson Cooper
Andrew Young
Ann Cotton
Annie Lennox
Arun Gandhi
Bart Weetjens
Benazir Bhutto
Betty Williams
Bianca Jagger
Bill Cosby
Bill Drayton
Bishop C.F.X. Belo
Bob Geldof
Bunker Roy
Carlos Santana
César E. Chávez
Chief L. George
Christ. Amanpour
Clarence B. Jones
Colin Powell
Connie Duckworth
Coretta Scott King
Craig Kielburger
Dalai Lama
Daniel Lubetzky
David Brower
David Ho
David Trimble
Desmond Tutu
Dith Pran
Dolores Huerta
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Stoneman
Elie Wiesel
Eric Schwarz
Frederik W de Klerk
Gary Cohen
Geoffrey Canada
George Clooney
George Lucas
George Mitchell
Gérard Jean-Juste
Gillian Caldwell
Greg Boyle
Greg Mortenson
Hafsat Abiola
Harry G. Belafonte
Harry Wu
Helen Caldicott
Henry A. Kissinger
Ida Jackson
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid W. El-Issa

Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa


Ingrid Washinawatok El-IssaAlso known as Peqtaw-Metamoh (Flying Bird Woman), El-Issa's influential life was cut short by a tragic kidnapping and execution at the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels. They took her life in 1999 while she was on a mission to help the U'wa tribe establish a school system. Born in 1957, into the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, El-Issa lived a life on behalf of others. She worked with multiple organizations, nationally, and internationally to foster indigenous culture, advocate for women's rights, and promote native-American issues. She is known for her influence as the Chair of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, and for her service as the Executive Director of the Fund for Four Directions in New York City where she began a new effort to revitalize and promote indigenous languages. El-Issa was honored by the Menominee Nation with a full warrior's funeral, and was given a memorial by the Cathedral of St. John Divine in New York City. She is survived by her husband, Ali el-Issa, her son, Maeh-kiw-kasic, and her legacy of placing indigenous rights into the outline of human rights on multiple levels.


"Sovereignty is that wafting thread securing the components that make a society. Without that wafting thread, you cannot make a rug. Without that wafting thread, all you have are unjoined, isolated components of a society. Sovereignty runs through the vertical strands and secures the entire pattern. That is the fabric of Native Society."


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