When the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, millions of Native American women still could not vote. The U.S. government did not recognize them as citizens. And if U.S. citizenship required renouncing tribal sovereignty, many Native women didn’t want it. But early-twentieth-century writer, composer, and activist Zitkála-Šá was determined to fight for both.
In this final episode of HumantiesNY’s Amended podcast, host Laura Free speaks with digital artist Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota) whose art is inspired by Dakota imagery and history, including Zitkála-Šá’s legacy. Dr. Cathleen Cahill, author of Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2020), helps tell the story of Zitkála-Šá’s struggle for Native American sovereignty and U.S. citizenship.
This episode demonstrates once again how those who have been marginalized within U.S. democracy have agitated, and continue to agitate, for the nation to fulfill its promise of liberty and equality for all.
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