In honor of March being Women's History Month, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) would like to share the Native Daughters-Oklahoma journalism project and resources. Native Daughters-Oklahoma was an in-depth reporting course at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Native Daughters is a collection of stories, profiles and multimedia projects about a diverse group of Native American women. They are healers and warriors, story tellers and law makers, leaders, environmentalists and artists. It is their belief that one cannot understand America without understanding Native Americans. One cannot understand Native America without understanding the historical, political and cultural role that Native American women have played and continue to play in indigenous life.
WHAT IS A NATIVE DAUGHTER?
NATIVE DAUGHTERS-OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE:
Native Daughters Oklahoma was started in Fall '12 with seven student writers, two documentary film/broadcast students and a web student. Four professors oversaw the team for two semesters of work funded by a donation from Muscogee (Creek) business owner Ginette Overall. The next semester, ten students edited and designed the magazine and website, which is now available for purchase.
To order your copies of Native Daughters-Oklahoma and/or the original Native Daughters Magazines, please contact:
CURRICULUM COMPANION FOR NATIVE DAUGHTERS-OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE:
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications student-produced Native Daughters Oklahoma magazine now has a completed curriculum guide to accompany it that can be used to teach secondary education students. The curriculum guide was funded by an Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant and compiled by 19 Oklahoma teachers at a three-day conference in December. Since then, the guide has been going through several rounds of extensive edits and is now ready to be disseminated to middle and high schools.
The curriculum guide will be available for free to teachers, with the hope that the teachers will buy the magazine to teach their students about the experiences of Native Americans.
Native Daughters will now begin working with the Oklahoma Educators Association to promote the guide to Oklahoma educators. Though, the material has the potential to be promoted and taught outside Oklahoma because of the historical significance of the text.
Free downloadable PDF curriculum: Curriculum Companion-Native Daughters: Oklahoma
LEADER OF A NATION-WILMA MANKILLER STORY:
"When newly elected Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller arrived at her first meeting with the Five Tribes, she was dismayed to see no seat had been set aside for her. So she found a chair and carved out a spot for herself. Then she discovered she wasn’t on the agenda. Not even an acknowledgement of her presence.
As the meeting came to a close, she stood up, told the men who she was, what she was there for and what she planned to do. Two years later, she became president of that organization.
“Wilma Mankiller was flint rock covered in velvet,” said Jay Hannah, a close friend and former chairman of all Cherokee enterprises. “Her countenance was one of great softness, but her message, focus and passion for service to her people was strong and unwavering...." (Intro from the written Native Daughters story on Wilma Mankiller as featured in the magazine. Story Racheal White Hawk)
Read whole story here: http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters2/?nd_profile=wilma-mankiller