“Warrior Women” is the story of mothers and daughters fighting for indigenous rights in the American Indian Movement of the 1970s.

The film unveils not only a female perspective of history, but also examines the impact political struggles have on the children who bear witness.

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families.

Warrior Women is the story Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who cultivated a rag-tag gang of activist children – including her daughter Marcy – into a group called the “We Will Remember” survival group.

Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both women are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Through their story, the film explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met native resistance with mass violence.

Native Cinema
Tuesday August 13, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM