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"The good road and the road of difficulties you have made me cross; and where they cross, the place is holy." Black Elk

"The good road and the road of difficulties you have made me cross; and where they cross, the place is holy." Black Elk

Zitkala-Sa with William F. Hanson, co-composed the first American Indian opera, The Sun Dance, which premiered in 1913. She founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for the rights of Native Americans to American citizenship, on which she served as president until her death in 1938.

Zitkala-Sa with William F. Hanson, co-composed the first American Indian opera, The Sun Dance, which premiered in 1913. She founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for the rights of Native Americans to American citizenship, on which she served as president until her death in 1938.

Chief Washakie  Chief Washakie was born to a Flathead (Salish) father and and Lemhi Shoshone mother.His prowess in battle, his efforts for peace, and his commitment to his people's welfare made him one of the most respected leaders in Native American history. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.

Chief Washakie Chief Washakie was born to a Flathead (Salish) father and and Lemhi Shoshone mother.His prowess in battle, his efforts for peace, and his commitment to his people's welfare made him one of the most respected leaders in Native American history. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.

Amos Two Bulls. By Gertrude Käsebier. Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Amos Two Bulls. By Gertrude Käsebier. Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Red Cloud (1822-1909)

Red Cloud (1822-1909)

Maȟpíya Lúta - Red Cloud, Ogalala Lakota Sioux. He was the war chief and top general of the Sioux Nation. With the vision of Crazy Horse, he and others defeated Gen. George Arstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Big Norn. 1822 – December 1909

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