Marilyn Schindler was an activist (“in my younger days”) at the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and assisted the late Barry White (Seneca Nation) in the recruitment of Six Nations students to attend the University at Buffalo for Native American Studies. She taught American Studies courses at UB for over 3 years, most notably her “Savage Women” course, which explored contemporary issues that Indigenous women face. Along with Barry White, she started a school on Cattaraugus Territory in the mid-1970s and operated it for close to 4 years. She taught Seneca Language for 7 years within the Seneca Nation Education Department.
Marilyn Schindler’s research and experience includes the following: “Almost fifty years of activism for Indigenous rights; treaty recognition for the Six Nations Haudenosaunee; education enhancement; confrontation of the Seneca Nation Council on serious issues which should be decided by 3/4 of Seneca clan mothers, rather than men on the Council; and, retention of our traditions.”