Indians for Life

Indians for Life (IFL) has established ties within both the Native American community and the pro-life community.


Indians for Life works closely with the following groups:


  • Bureau of Catholic Indians Missions

  • Priests for Life

  • National Right to Life Committee


In addition, founder and director, Clemetine Hernandez is a member of the Tekakwitha Conference and has worked with a variety of groups and individuals within the conference.


ClemeClementine "Little Hawk" Hernandez, Director of Indians for Life

Clementine, who is a Lakota Sioux, is the founder and director of Indians for Life. She is a widow with seven children and thirteen grandchildren. Born in a wagon in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation in 1941, she has lived most of her life in Southern California. Since 1991, Clemetine has been working to start a group that will bring the pro-life message to Native Americans. Reinvigorated by Pope John Paul II's Encyclical, The Gospel of Life, Clementine has committed herself to help her people build a culture of life in our country.


"Our native people have such a rich tradition which has as its heart the love and respect for all life. Today, innocent life is threatened by abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. As Native Americans we must stand up and witness that all life is a sacred gift from God."

– Clementine "Little Hawk" Hernandez