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WHEREAS, Sarah Winnemucca, a princess of the Paiute Nation, was born in 1844 in Western Nevada where her grandfather was Chief of the Tribe; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Winnemucca learned to communicate in five languages, English, Spanish and three Native American dialects, before she reached the age of 14; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Winnemucca spent much of her life negotiating between two conflicting cultures with the aim of promoting understanding and improving life for the Paiute people; and

WHEREAS, she served as a translator for the Armed Forces of the United States, and addressed President Rutherford B. Hayes and Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz about the plight of the Paiute Tribe; and

WHEREAS, she performed more than 300 lectures across several states dramatizing the harshness of life for people confined to a reservation, founded a school and published a memoir, all before women in the United States had secured the right to vote; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Winnemucca, a native of Nevada, is one of the most influential and charismatic American Indian women in American history; and

WHEREAS, Sarah Winnemucca died on October 16, 1891 and this date is an opportunity to recognize and remember the important contributions she made to the Paiute Tribe, the State of Nevada and the United States;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  October 16, 2018 as

 Sarah Winnemucca Day in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Scott Anderson