lynnette haozous/chiricahua apache, navajo, taos pueblo: activist and artist

Lynnette Haozous (Chiricahua Apache, Navajo, Taos Pueblo) is a remarkable woman. She is a passionate activist, organizer, actress, writer, and artist. She is dedicated to justice, environment, and community and reaches many, many people with her stunning artworks.

Learn more about this amazing human below.

always fighting for leonard

activist, public speaker, organizer

he fights, this unknown warrior,
a new generation of thinker.
He is of the now, he is of here,
Where the Red Willow Grow,
he fights, as long as the river runs clear.
                                       -poem by Lynnette Haozous

Hazous travels the country fighting for justice.

She has been tirelessly advocating for the release of AIM activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned (wrongly) in 1976 for the murder of two FBI agents. This core cause seems to thread its way through all of her activist work. Hazous travels with signs, banners, flyers, and petitions dedicated to Peltier's liberation.

Hazous has been heavily involved with AIM/Albuquerque. She was a leader in the #SaveOakFlat and #ApacheStronghold movements. Save Oak Flat was in response to the transfer of Oak Flat, a sacred Apache location within the Tonto National Forest, to a private, foreign-owned mining company. She presented the Save Oak Flat Act (HB 2811) in the US Senate.

note: According to Congress' website, the latest action on HB 2811 has been a referral to the the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs on July 1, 2015. These things take time, I guess (????).

Haozous also made the epic journey to stand with Standing Rock against the Dakota Pipeline, where, in addition to protesting, she found time to volunteer at a new school there. From the New Energy Economy website

In September, Haozous herself made the journey, volunteering at a new school that’s part of a new community of nations and peoples.  “It was one of the most powerful moments, the kids in that school,” Haozous told Frontera NorteSur. “It’s a school of Indigenous knowledge. They’re teaching them healing through plants, the history of Indigenous peoples that includes treaty rights. That’s basically to start off our warriors young.”
Reaffirming a threatened tradition, the school taught children the Round Dance and accompanying songs. “That’s kind of a lost art form these days, so we want to make sure we teach that to the kids so they can keep it going,” Haozous added.

icy lashes. i cannot imagine being out there like this. to me, this is brave.


As an activist, Haozous ventures from her community to join others in a common fight, giving voice to those back home. When she returns, she shares the experience and wisdom gained, through art, with her community.

Lynnette's art comes in many forms. She is an actress, a painter, a poet, and so much more. Through all of these art forms, there are common threads: justice, passion, hope. 

Her accomplishments are many and varied. She received a SWAIA-Santa Fe Indian Market/Nativo Lodge Artist-In-Residency Fellowship. Where there are limited opportunities, she creates her own. For example, Lynnette felt that there were not enough opportunities in film for native actresses, so she began writing scripts and developing characters herself.

from the Rising Artists Project website

Drawing inspiration from all three of her tribes, Haozous employs herself as an artistic instrument of the indigenous journey to convey her people's truths, through such mediums as painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, film and stage. While attending Central New Mexico Community College she concentrated in Studio Arts with a focus in Painting.
Some of her works include: mural artist for artist Douglas Miles's show, "Apaches and Angels" in 2010, at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, which landed her as the back cover artist for THE Magazine, in October 2010.
Haozous also has a deep passion for acting, starring in such films as Lumbini Park (2008),"Kokopelli" (2009), and most recently, the documentary about female native artists entitled, "APACHE Was Here..." (2010). Some of her works on stage include starring in native written plays, such as "Fancy Dancer" (2011),"The Duel" (2011), and "Smoke" (2010).

Lynnette collaborated with Douglas Miles in an experimental documentary film entitled Apache Chronicle, about members of the Apache Skateboard crew and the art they create.


Here is a scene from Apache Chronicle. Haozous plays Lozen, an Apache Warrior. The poem was composed by Haozous in collaboration with Douglas Miles.


keep up with Lynnette

We will end with these beautiful images of Haozous with her mural entitled Sunrise Blessings at the Nativo Lodge Artist Room 519.




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