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Dana Tiger
Dana Tiger is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is of Creek/Seminole and Cherokee descent. Dana turned to her father's art as a way to know him. Through the paintings left by her father and under the tutelage of her uncle, Johnny Tiger, Jr., Dana learned the extraordinary richness of her Native American Culture. Dana is best known for her paintings portraying the strength and determination of Native American women.
In 1990, Dana's beloved twenty-two year old brother, Chris, was murdered. Then, in 1992 Lisa Tiger, Dana's only surviving sibling, was told she tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Dana is outspoken in her advocacy for the rights of women and minorities, especially Native Americans. Dana was married to Donnie Blair on November 7, 1992. They have a daughter, Christie, born September 1, 1993, and a son, Coleman Lisan, born July 16, 1995. Dana now divides her time between her family, painting at her log cabin studio in the country near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, traveling to exhibits and speaking at conferences and schools about herself, her family and Native American women's issues.


FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
As human beings we can make decisions and actions that will help deliver us to inner peace.
The freedom to choose the course of our own lives is our most precious asset and only by having all options open to us can we have our freedom.

GATHERING STRENGTH
Throughout life each of us endures both painful hardships and soaring triumphs. Lessons are inherent in each experience if we will only listen.
We grow by remaining fully conscious of the gifts we are given. Our responsibility to ourselves and the world is to seek out knowledge and act on what we learn.
We must breathe deeply, trust ourselves, be unashamed, and gather strength from the lessons learned on our individual journeys to become whole.

QUEST FOR PEACE
Women and men must start now to pay back the earth for the seasons of bounty we have been allowed.
We must be reverent toward our surroundings and share our vision of peace with everyone we meet.
When all the people of the world agree there is no need to fight, our debt to Mother Earth will be paid
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THE ONE WHO TEACHES
Our heroes teach us the way of courage. They look straight into the eyes of what others fear and speak out with their best voice.
They listen intently to those whose voice is at times unsure. Our greatest heroes, with fearless eyes and caring heart, show us that there is power within us all.

THINKING IT ALL OVER

UNDER CONTROL
American Indian College Fund 1993
     
 
WARRIOR WOMEN
From the depths of women's souls comes the power to unite and create change. The watchful full moon has seen their courage hold fast over many seasons.
The warrior hearts of women will forever charge forward with a force of such power that we will take notice, survive and thrive.
 
 

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