Native American Heroines Past and Present (Photo Gallery)

For so many of us, Thanksgiving means family, food and football. In fact, most schools teach children that Thanksgiving marks the day that Pilgrims met welcoming Indians with whom they exchanged food and traditions.

The history of Native Americans and the settlers, however, is not so simple. At the hands of those who came to conquer and control new lands, America's indigenous peoples were nearly wiped out. There was war; there was disease; and to this day, Native Americans are still fighting for their voices to be heard.   

In this photo gallery, MAKERS highlights a handful of Native American heroines from the past and present. If you noticed we missed an important woman, tweet at @MAKERSwomen with your suggestion!