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- Indigenous Women and traditional leadership
- By Jack D. Forbes, The Circle, 30
September 1994. The minimal participation by women in decision
making presents a great danger for the world because men, by
themselves, are not wise enough or balanced enough. Traditional
First American societies gave a very strong voice to women. Native
Americans have provided key examples of how to develop democratic
and caring societies.
- Women's leadership is re-emerging in Indian
- By Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez, UPS, 10 July 1998.
Women provide balance; without the female nothing can be done.
Lenora Fulton's run for president of the Navajo nation.
While some tribes have elected female chiefs such as Cherokee
Wilma Mankiller, others do not permit women to vote or to
serve on tribal councils, some arguing that it goes against
- Racism Thwarts Indigenous Rights, Says Menchu
- By Diego Cevallos, IPS, 9 August 2000. There is not much to
celebrate in the Americas on the International Day of the World's
Indigenous Peoples, because the fight for the rights of native
peoples continues to run up against a racist culture, said
Guatemalan Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú. Deep down, government
resistance to recognising the rights of indigenous peoples and
to clearing the way for their development arises from racism and
xenophobia, sentiments that are not wiped away by naming a world
day in their honor.