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Member Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth Castle

Dr. Elizabeth Castle is the Founder and Executive Director of the Warrior Women Oral History Project. She received her B.A in Race and Gender in Electronic Media from George Washington University in 1995, her Masters in Philosophy in History from Cambridge University in 1997, and her Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University in 2000. Dr. Castle has been a delegate for the Indigenous World Association at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, a policy associate for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, a professor in the Native Studies department at the University of South Dakota, and an academic specialist in the Oral History office at UC Berkeley. She has traveled the world, gathering wisdom and insight from various women, to share their stories.

Dr. Castle has authored numerous publications, including Women Were the Backbone, Men Were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movementand The Original Gangster: The Life and Times of Red Power Activist Madonna Thunder Hawk.”  She made her directorial debut with the award-winning documentary Warrior Women, which tells the story of indigenous mothers & daughters fighting for civil rights during the American Indian Movement of the 1970s.

After being away from Ohio for many years, Dr. Castle has recently returned to Mansfield and joined Idea+Works. So far, she has enjoyed having other progressive-minded individuals from the community sharing the Idea+Works space. She is also hoping to offer her services in return, such as perhaps offering a workshop in the future. She is contemplating taking advantage of the state-of-the-art podcast room to share the oral histories of the indigenous women she’s interviewed, which will give their stories a worldwide audience. Dr. Castle is looking forward to meeting members of the community, reconnecting with old friends, and helping Mansfield grow, thrive, and progress to become the best that it can be.


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