The member of the Yankton Sioux tribe worked to preserve traditional stories and improve Native American self-governance

Monday’s Google Doodle recognized Zitkala-Sa, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and a writer, musician, and activist, at her 145th birthday Birthday

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

She co-founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to give tribes full US citizenship rights and was their first president until her death. She was instrumental in the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and the Indian Reorganization Act Involved in 1934, which strengthened Native American self-government


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