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Isabella Madrigal, 17 year old Cahuilla/Chippewa (enrolled in the Cahuilla Tribe in Riverside County) wrote the Cahuilla play Menil and Her Heart about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She performed it in February 2019 (Dorothy Ramon Learning Center) earning her Girl Scout Gold Award and was named as the OC Girls Scout Celebrate Leadership Honoree. She then got a Dragon Kim fellowship to continue the play to three more venues (California State Indian Child Welfare Conference, Redlands University, Sherman Indian School). 

Pictured: 'Menil and Her Heart' cast (Isabella and Sophia Madrigal).

Pictured: 'Menil and Her Heart' cast (Isabella and Sophia Madrigal).

She recently won the Dragon Challenge with her sister Sophia Madrigal and the play is being requested and funded up and down the state including Arcata Playhouse in Humboldt County, the California Genocide Conference at San Diego State University, Cal Poly Pomona, Can State University San Bernardino, and Claremont University to spread awareness regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The play has been seen by over 700 people so far and will be performed in over five new venues this next year.

Isabella was named one of 10 National Gold Award Girl Scouts this week and is in New York this week for celebrations of The International Day of the Girl and will speak at the United Nations October 11th on her play and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  

You can learn more about her through the Press Enterprise articleThe Dragon Kim Foundation site, and The National Girls Scout Gold Award.

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A Cahuilla play by 16 year old Isabella Madrigal on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women