Mary Brave Bird

Lakota author and indigenous rights activist

Mary Brave Bird (born 1953 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota - 14 February 2013), often known by her previous married name, Mary Crow Dog, is a Native American writer and activist.


  • The blacks want what the whites have, which is understandable. They want in. We Indians want out! That is the main difference.
    • p. 77
  • We did freak out the honkies. We were feared throughout the Dakotas. I could never figure out why this should have been so. We were always the victims. We never maimed or killed. It was we who died or got crippled.
    • p. 80
  • I could not help noticing the great role women played in Pueblo society. Women owned the houses and actually built them. Children often got their mother's last name, not their father's. Sons joined their mother's clans. It made me a little jealous.
    • p. 106
  • To me, women's lib was mainly a white, upper-middle class affair of little use to a reservation Indian woman.
    • p. 244
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