Lakota Woman

Lakota Woman is a memoir by Mary Brave Bird, a Sicangu Lakota who was formerly known as Mary Crow Dog. Reared on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, she describes her childhood and young adulthood, which included many historical events associated with the American Indian Movement.

Lakota Woman
Lakota Woman
AuthorMary Crow Dog, Richard Erdoes
Original titleLakota Woman
Cover artistDavid Zimet/Robert Anthony, Inc.
CountryUnited States
SubjectAmerican Indian Movement
PublisherGrove Weidenfeld
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Followed byOhitika Woman 

Lakota Woman describes Brave Bird's participation in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties and the 1973 Indian Occupation at Wounded Knee. She also writes about her marriage to Leonard Crow Dog, the spiritual leader of AIM. She describes her involvement in the Native American Church.

Richard Erdoes (1912-2008) edited the book. Born in Austria and author of over 21 books, Erdoes was a longtime friend of Brave Bird and also helped her publish her other memoir, Ohitika Woman.[1]


Lakota Woman won the 1991 American Book Award.[2]

The book inspired the 1994 film Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee produced by TNT and Jane Fonda. It starred Irene Bedard. She would later provide the speaking voice of Pocahontas.


  1. Beauvais, Archie B. and Amanda Takes War Bonnett. "Author Richard Erdoes dies at home at age 96", Lakota County Times,24 July 08 (retrieved 30 January 09). Archived from the original on 14 December 2011.
  2. Bataille, Gretchen M. and Laurie Lisa. Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. Oxford: Taylor and Francis, 2001: 50-51.

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