Tribal member Yankton Sioux worked to preserve traditional stories and increase Native American autonomy

The Google Doodle paid tribute on Monday to Zitkala-Sa, a member of the Yankton Sioux tribe of South Dakota and a writer, musician and activist, on her 145th birthday

Born February 22, 1876, Zitkala-Sa resisted assimilation into European American culture through writing and political activism To preserve the traditional stories of her people, she published the Old Indian anthology Legends in 1901 and wrote the first Native American opera, The Sun Dance, in 1913

She also co-founded the National Council of American Indian in 1926, to gain citizenship rights for tribes across the United States, and served as its first president until her death. She was instrumental in the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which increased the autonomy of Native Americans.


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