Indigenous Women on the Frontlines

Elder Barbara Drake (Tongva), Elder Kat High (Hupa), Elder Rebecca Robles (Acjachemen), Deborah Miranda (Ohlone/Chumash), Lydia Ponce (Mayo/Quechua), Kumu Mikilani Young (Hawaiian) and in Memorial for Unci, Elder Rachelle Figueroa (Arapaho/Tarascan). These distinguished women are longtime tribal, community workers, cultural educators and community activists. Their bios represent a wide cross-section of disciplines, knowledge, and wisdom and still remain at the front line.

Unci, Elder Rachelle Figueroa is being honored in memorial, having passed into the Spirit World June 21, 2017. Mother, grandmother, a world traveler, and Director of the MorningStar Foundation, which brought Grandmothers from the four directions of the world and gave so much to others, always. She carried herself with honor and respect for all people, immersed her self in kindness, love, ceremony, and spirituality in everything she did. She is deeply missed, but her spirit continues to exist.

We want to recognize the women for all they have given for so many years, and simply say thank you! We hope you will join us to honor seven incredible and amazing women.

We are honored to have Carry Kim, MC for the event.

We are also honored to have the MorningStar Foundation HummingBird Drum.