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A scholar, poet, and human rights defender, she is recognized as an Indigenous ambassador to the United Nations who has represented the Konitsaaíí Ndé ("Big Water People") and Cúelcahén Ndé ("Tall Grass People") of Konitsaii gokiyaa ('Lipan Apache home land').
She was born and grew up in the territory of Lipan Apache peoples in South Texas, the Lower Rio Grande Valley and along the Texas-Mexico border. Tamez's 2007 work, Raven Eye, is considered the first Apache-authored literary work which fuses creative non-fiction, biography, poetry and criticism of the colonization and militarization of Indigenous peoples in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
As an Indigenous human rights advocate, an educator, poet and critic, Tamez has made social and intellectual contributions to Indigenous communities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, as well as to Indigenous teaching at college and university level. She is a social justice and human rights advocate and intellectual, focusing on U.S.-Mexico Indigenous peoples impacted by border bifurcations, treaties, war, conflict and militarization.
Poetry and criticism
- Naked Wanting (University of Arizona Press, 2003).
- Raven Eye (University of Arizona Press, 2007).
- "Open Letter to Cameron County Commission," 2 Crit 110 (2009).
- "My Mother in Her Being--Photograph ca. 1947," Callaloo, Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter 2009, pp. 185–187.
- "Restoring Lipan Apache Women's Laws, Lands and Strength in El Calaboz Rancheria at the Texas-Mexico Border," Signs, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2010, pp. 558–569.
- "Our Way of Life is Our Resistance": Indigenous Women and Anti-Imperialist Challenges to Militarization along the U.S.-Mexico Border," Works and Days, Invisible Battlegrounds: Feminist Resistance in the Global Age of War and Imperialism, Susan Comfort, Editor, 57/58: Vol. 20, 2011.
- Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems Inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa
- Sister Nations, Heid Erdrich and Laura Tohe (Editors), New Rivers Press.
- Stories from Where We Live: The Gulf Coast, Sara St. Antoine (Editor), Milkweed Editions.
- Southwestern Women: New Voices, Caitlin L. Gannon (Editor), Javelina Pr.
- Poetry Foundation. "Margo Tamez".
- Huang, Hsinya (2011). "Towards Transnational Native American Literary Studies". Comparative Literature and Culture 13 (2).
- Birnbaum, Juliana "Raven Eye", Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, Autumn 2008.
- Eagle Woman, Angelique. "The Eagle and the Condor of the Western Hemisphere: Application of International Indigenous Principles to Halt the United States Border Wall" 45 Idaho Law Review, 555, (2008–2009)
- Environmental Leadership Program, Fellowship Program, 'Margo Tamez'
- Gilman, Denise. "Seeking Breaches in the Wall: An International Human Rights Law Challenge to the Texas-Mexico Border Wall," Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 46, pp. 257-293.
- Kinberg, Clare. "Notes on Border Walls and Cultural Exchange", Project Muse, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Spring 2011, Vol. 46, Issue 2, pp 257–293.
- Hanksville: Storytellers Native American Authors Online
- Chandra, "Imperial Democracies, Militarised Zones, Feminist Engagements," Economic & Political Weekly, Vol XLVI No. 13, March 26, 2011.
- T.V., "Toxic Colonialism, Environmental Justice, and Native Resistance in Silko's Almanac of the Dead," MELUS, Vol. 34, No. 2, Ethnicity and Ecocriticism (Summer, 2009), pp. 25-42.
- Tamez, Margo. "Restoring Lipan Apache Women's Laws, Lands and Strength in El Calaboz Rancheria at the Texas-Mexico Border", Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol 35, No.3.
- Tamez, Margo "Drinking Under the Moon She Goes Laughing." Poetry Foundation
- Tamez, Margo "Addiction to the Dead." Poetry Foundation
- Tamez, Margo "Difficult and Blessed", Peace Review, Vol. 11, Issue 3, Sept. 1999, 469-470.
- Nativewiki Author Page: 'Margo Tamez'
- Interview: Conspiring with Poet Margo Tamez
- Margo Tamez: Biography, Native American Authors Project