O'PEQTAW-METAMOH (FLYING EAGLE WOMAN)
INGRID WASHINAWATOK EL ISSA
JULY 31, 1957 - MARCH 4, 1999
"Since the time that human beings offered thanks for the first sunrise, sovereignty has been an integral part of Indigenous peoples' daily existence. With the original instructions from the Creator, we realize our responsibilities. Those are the laws that lay the foundation of our society. These responsibilities manifest through our ceremonies … Sovereignty is that wafting thread securing the components that make a society. Without that wafting thread, you cannot make a rug. Without that wafting thread, all you have are un-joined, isolated components of a society. Sovereignty runs through the vertical strands and secures the entire pattern. That is the fabric of Native society."
O’Peqtaw-Metamoh passed into the spirit world on March 4, 1999. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and proud member of the Menominee Nation. Ingrid was an internationally known humanitarian who worked for Indigenous peoples’ rights, Indigenous women’s issues, sovereignty, human rights throughout the world.
To learn more about Ingrid and to support her vision for indigenous peoples, please visit http://www.flyingeaglewomanfund.org/about_ingrid_washinawatok_el_issa.htm