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"Braids, Shades, and Dreamcatchers on the Rearview Mirror: The Politics of being Native in South Dakota"


Elizabeth Castle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History

Native Studies Department
University of South Dakota


Before receiving her Ph.D. and Masters of Philosophy in History from Cambridge University Dr. Castle received her B.A. in Race, Gender and Electronic Media from George Washington University.  Dr. Castle is currently a professor in the Native Studies Department at the University of South Dakota and is the founder and Executive Director of The Warrior Women Project. She also served as a consultant for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and as a consultant for The National Diversity Network 1999-2000 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  Between 1997 and 1998 she worked as a Policy Associate for President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race.   Dr. Castle has numerous publications including “The Original Gangster: The Life and Times of Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk,” in The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism and “Black and Native American Women's Activism in the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement” in Visions and Voices: American Indian Activism in the Civil Rights Movement.  She is currently completing a book on Native Women's Activism in the Red Power Movement. She is also completing a documentary on the same subject entitled "Warrior Women" with initial funding from Native American Public Telecommunications and the Ford Foundation.