IHS Director Yvette Robideaux, singer Wayne Newton and ballerina Maria Tallchief

Did You Know They're Native? Museum Picks Top 25 Indians of Note

ICTMN Staff
7/29/13

On Saturday, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, located in Evanston, Illinois, opened the third installment of its series honoring Native Americans. Called "Did You Know They're Native III?", the exhibit displays photos and information about 25 American Indians of note. The selections, as provided by the museum, are as follows:

Evan Adams, public health physician and feature-film and television actor from the Sliammon First Nation of British Columbia
Dan Akee, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and member of the World War II Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific theater who transmitted secret battlefield messages using a code based on their tribal language
Blair Atcheynum, former professional hockey player, member of the Cree First Nation, and veteran of several NHL teams, including the 1999-2001 Chicago Blackhawks
Elias Boudinot, editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper
Alice Brown Davis, educator, rancher, postmistress, interpreter, and the first woman chief of the Seminole, 1922 to 1935
John B. Herrington, NASA commander of Chickasaw descent and first enrolled member of a tribe to fly as an astronaut in outer space
Ericka Hinton, member of the all female Apache 8 wildfire firefighting squad from Arizona's White Mountain Apache tribe
Jodi Gillette, enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, senior policy advisor for Native American affairs on the Obama administration's White House Domestic Policy Council
Woodrow W. Keeble, highly decorated World War II and Korean War combat veteran and the first full blooded Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor
Wayne Newton, pop singer and Las Vegas entertainment figure, of Cherokee and Powhatan descent
Shelley Niro, Mohawk photographer, painter, sculptor, bead worker, multimedia artist, and independent filmmaker whose works have been widely exhibited
Samson Occom, Mohegan teacher and spiritual leader in colonial New England and one of the first ordained Christian Indian ministers. Wrote one of the first American Indian autobiographies
Harlan Pruden, member of the Cree Nation, co-founder of New York's Northeast Two-Spirit Society, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Native people
Queen Anne, a chief of the Pamunkey tribe who fought for the rights of her people in colonial Virginia
John Red Corn, Osage architect, co-founder of Blue Star Studio, Inc., a full-service planning and architecture firm whose projects include green and sustainable developments in Indian country
Ben Reifel, first Congressman from the Sioux nation. While in office, helped to establish the National Endowment for the Humanities. Earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Harvard
Yvette Roubideaux, Rosebud Sioux physician, public health administrator and the first woman to be appointed as director of the Indian Health Service, a federal agency
Santanta, Kiowa chief and warrior known as the "The Orator of the Plains"
Squint Eyes, Tichkematse, Cheyenne "warrior artist" of the late 19th century known for his ink and watercolor drawings of southern Plains life and his work for the Smithsonian Institution
Maria Tallchief, international prima ballerina of Osage descent and first Native American woman to break into ballet
Jim Thorpe, legendary all around athlete from the Sac and Fox tribe, gold medal runner at the 1912 Olympics, and professional football and baseball player
Touch the Clouds, longtime chief of the Minneconjou Sioux, remembered for his military prowess, courage, and abilities as a negotiator and a diplomat
Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Dakota Sioux concert and recording artist, activist, and actor on TV "Walker Texas Ranger," "Dharma and Greg," "The X Files," and in movies "Dances With Wolves," "The Doors"
Wovoka, Paiute mystic who founded the Ghost Dance religion in the late 19th century
William Yellow Robe, Jr., award winning Assiniboine and Sioux playwright, director, poet, actor, and educator whose new play, "Wood Bones," recently received its world premiere in New York

A partial listing of selections from the previous installment, which included Joseph Medicine Crow, Notah Begay III, and Will Rogers, can be found on the Mitchell Museum Website.

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