Voice of the Paiutes: A Story About Sarah Winnemucca by Jodie A. Shull

By Jodie A. Shull

Sarah Winnemucca, a Northern Plains Indian, lived within the final 1/2 the 19th century whilst white settlers have been relocating west into land the Paiutes had inhabited for hundreds of thousands of years. Sarah's grandfather inspired her to profit the methods of the white settlers, together with their language. for that reason, she used to be instrumental in negotiating advantages for her humans. She traveled around the nation conversing concerning the plight of the Paiutes. She challenged reservation brokers, cooperated with the U.S. military, and traveled to Washington D.C. to satisfy with Secretary of the inner Carl Schurz and President Rutherford B. Hayes. With assistance from East Coast ladies, she wrote a e-book approximately Paiute lifestyles and verified a faculty for Paiute little ones.

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Sarah turned her grief into action and offered to go on the dangerous mission to find the Bannocks’ camp. If she found any Paiutes at the camp, she would help them escape. “There is nothing that will stop me,” said Sarah. Sarah chose a good horse to ride and asked for a “rag friend” similar to one her grandfather had carried. A letter from the army would protect her from any hostile white settlers she might meet. With two other Paiute scouts, Sarah rode one hundred miles through the wilderness, tracking the Bannock warriors.

Sarah called her school the Peabody Institute after her good friend in Boston. Miss Peabody sent all the donations she could gather for the school, but financial worries continued for Sarah and Natches. Their ranch needed a well to provide water, and the school 57 would need a building in order to stay open during the freezing months of winter. Sarah was finally able to pay for a small schoolhouse, but the problem of water for the ranch remained. Without a sure supply of water, the ranch and school could not survive.

My people have been signing papers for the last twentythree years,” she wrote. ” If her people could speak the white brothers’ language, they could tell their story and be heard. Sarah did not receive her teaching job at Pyramid Lake. A new government agent wanted to give the job to one of his friends or relatives. Disappointed but not very surprised, Sarah decided to pursue a dream of her own. Her friend Elizabeth Peabody had sometimes conducted classes in her home. Miss Peabody encouraged Sarah to open her own school if she possibly could.

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