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born 1957

Ingrid Washinawatok's Indian name translated to "Flying Eagle Woman." The raptor was a tradition symbol of war, and Ingrid was a lifelong warrior ~ for peace. She spent her teens fighting to have her tribe's federal status restored before taking what she learned on Wisconsin's Menominee Reservation around the world. Ingrid helped build networks of indigenous peoples to protect Native cultures + communities from social erasure, economic crises + environmental destruction.

Working with the Indigenous Women's Network, the Fund for Four Directions + the United Nations, Ingrid advocated for sustainable, community-based development. While helping the South American U'wa people set up tribal school system, the Menominee leader was kidnapped and executed by Colombian guerilla forces. Ingrid's killers were never brought to justice. But, her legacy of peaceful resistance + social justice lives on.

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her quotes

all quotes by Ingrid Washinawatok (11)

"You can create community wherever you are."

The Power Comes from Within | january 1994

"Power comes from within. It comes from having knowledge, and vision."

The Power Comes from Within | january 1994

"Our ancestors understood the value of our resources. The elders told us, 'If you harvest the forest from west to east, you'll always have food on the table for your kids.' It's no big complicated plan. It's very simple."

The Power Comes from Within | january 1994

"Until we make peace with the earth, there will be no peace in the human community."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | 2000

"As our cultures disappear with the wilderness that sustained us, we are a vast library, a repository of knowledge, intelligence, and an understanding of the earth that is being lost to the world."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | 2000

"Instead of environmental impact statements for development, we need environmental enhancement statements."

Reflections on Working Towards Peace | 2000

"As we look upon the increasingly despoiled planet, we can only ask the question: 'Has our land indeed been put to better use?' Could there have been another way?"

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | january 2000

"Destroying natural resources, destroying the planet's ability to provide sustenance, only aggravates the world's misery and poverty, the injustice and discontent."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | january 2000

"As we destroy the ability of the earth to sustain us, we lose our ability to address the chronic needs of the poor, the hungry, and the landless."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | january 2000

"Ultimately, the wealth of the world comes from the earth. We may fashion this wealth and remake it to perform marvelous things, but a barren planet does not create jobs."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | january 2000

"Unlock the silence, let us speak to the world."

Reflections on Working Toward Peace | january 2000
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