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Ingrid Washinawatok

Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa (also known as ''O'Peqtaw-Metamohand Flying Eagle Woman'') was an internationally-known member of the Menominee Nation of upper Wisconsin. She was murdered by FARC guerrillas in Colombia. At the time of her death she was forty-one years old, the wife of Ali El-Issa, a Palestinian, and the mother of her 14-year-old son, Maehkiwkasic (meaning "Red Sky"). She was born in Keshena, Wisconsin.

Washinawatok was the Chair of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, a delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, an NGO representative in consultative status to the UN for the International Indian Treaty Council, and a member of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

Ingrid Washinawatok was an award-winning lecturer who spoke worldwide on behalf of the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She co-produced the film documentary, Warrior. She was the recipient of numerous awards from the Native American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and African American communities.

Related websites

Press Release, National Council of Churches, 1999.

"Colombia Rebels Say Own Fighters Killed 3", The New York Times, 11 March 1999

The New York Times, 15 October 2006

A Tribute to Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa, AICS, 1999.

About Ingrid Washinawatok, National Council of Churches, 1999.

Ingrid Washinawatok, 1957-1999'', by Gloria La Riva, 1999.


Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin 2005 Sturgeon Feast - Ingrid Washinawatok''

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