Zitkala-Sa played a major role in the preservation of Native American culture. Google Doodle
The Google Doodle Monday paid tribute to Zitkala-Sa , member of thewas South Dakota's Yankton Sioux tribe and writer, musician and activist on his 145th birthday.
Born February 22, 1876, Zitkala-Sa has resisted assimilation into American European culture through writing and political activism. To preserve the traditional stories of her people, she published the Old Indian Legends anthology in 1901 and wrote the first Native American opera, The Sun Dance, in 1913.
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She also co-founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926, to obtain full citizenship rights from tribes across the United States, and was its first president until her death. She played a decisive role in the passage of 1924 Indian Citiz enship Act and the Indian Reorganization Act , which increased the autonomy of Native Americans.
After her death on January 26, 1938, she was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
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