Warrior Princesses Strike Back
How Lakȟóta Twins Fight Oppression and Heal through Connectedness
Published by: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Imprint: The Feminist Press at CUNY
Interspersing personal memoir with radical notions of self-help and collective recovery, Warrior Princesses Strike Back focuses how Indigenous activist strategies can be a crucial roadmap for contemporary truth and healing.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to the original people of this land, yet it is also one of the poorest communities in America. Through intimate and vulnerable memoir, Lakȟóta twin sisters Sarah Eagle Heart and Emma Eagle Heart-White recount growing up on the reservation and overcoming enormous odds, first as teenaged girls in a majority-white high school, and then battling bias in their professional careers. Woven throughout are self-help strategies centering women of color, that combine marginalized histories, psychological research on trauma, and perspectives on “decolonial therapy.” Through the lens of Indigenous activism, the Eagle Hearts explore the possibility of healing intergenerational and personal trauma by focusing traditional strategies of reciprocity, acknowledgement, and collectivism.
"Poignant, raw, and filled with compassion, Warrior Princesses Strike Back gives us an essential look into the historical and contemporary lives of Lakhota women. The Eagle Hearts have written a love letter to their younger selves and to Indigenous women everywhere—a sacred gift to help the world collectively heal." —Mark Ruffalo