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Sarah Winnemucca, a Northern Plains Indian, lived in the last half of the nineteenth century when white settlers were moving west into land the Paiutes had inhabited for thousands of years. Sarah's grandfather encouraged her to learn the ways of the white settlers, including their language. As a result, she was instrumental in negotiating benefits for her people. She trave Sarah Winnemucca, a Northern Plains Indian, lived in the last half of the nineteenth century when white settlers were moving west into land the Paiutes had inhabited for thousands of years. Sarah's grandfather encouraged her to learn the ways of the white settlers, including their language. As a result, she was instrumental in negotiating benefits for her people. She traveled across the country speaking about the plight of the Paiutes. She challenged reservation agents, cooperated with the U.S. Army, and traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz and President Rutherford B. Hayes. With the help of two East Coast women, she wrote a book about Paiute life and established a school for Paiute children.


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Sarah Winnemucca, a Northern Plains Indian, lived in the last half of the nineteenth century when white settlers were moving west into land the Paiutes had inhabited for thousands of years. Sarah's grandfather encouraged her to learn the ways of the white settlers, including their language. As a result, she was instrumental in negotiating benefits for her people. She trave Sarah Winnemucca, a Northern Plains Indian, lived in the last half of the nineteenth century when white settlers were moving west into land the Paiutes had inhabited for thousands of years. Sarah's grandfather encouraged her to learn the ways of the white settlers, including their language. As a result, she was instrumental in negotiating benefits for her people. She traveled across the country speaking about the plight of the Paiutes. She challenged reservation agents, cooperated with the U.S. Army, and traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz and President Rutherford B. Hayes. With the help of two East Coast women, she wrote a book about Paiute life and established a school for Paiute children.

14 review for Voice of the Paiutes: A Story about Sarah Winnemucca

  1. 4 out of 5

    Greg Chandler

    Written simply, at a reading level that most kids can understand, this book introduces a remarkable Native American woman, who fought for her people, for justice, fairness and peace. This is the sort of story we miss in most of our history texts. Sarah, the daughter of chief Winnemucca, was a very accomplished woman, fluent in English, Spanish and several Indian dialects, she worked and a teacher, translator and as a spokesperson for her people. She met with two presidents and their Secretaries Written simply, at a reading level that most kids can understand, this book introduces a remarkable Native American woman, who fought for her people, for justice, fairness and peace. This is the sort of story we miss in most of our history texts. Sarah, the daughter of chief Winnemucca, was a very accomplished woman, fluent in English, Spanish and several Indian dialects, she worked and a teacher, translator and as a spokesperson for her people. She met with two presidents and their Secretaries of the Interior, spoke before Congress and took her story to the people of the United States when her pleas to the government went unheeded. She raised funds to keep her people from starving, and fought to have them returned to their land after the feds drove them out (a reward for their help in putting down a war with another tribe). She opened and ran a school where her people's children could learn in bi-lingual classes, as opposed to the government schools that took children from the reservation, forced them to speak only English and tried to strip them of their culture. This is well worth the short time it will take to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read four of the Creative Minds Biographies for a nonfiction writing class I am taking. They remind me of all the biographies I read as a grade schooler. I would read 3-4 in a weekend. Still loving them!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judith Josephson

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  11. 4 out of 5

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Watson

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Maya Norton

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