Jay Silverheels (1912-1980) is best-remembered for his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, an ABC television program that ran for 221 episodes (1949-1957). Silverheels was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian …
Native American Heritage
When recognizing contributions to our country, the First Americans must be remembered.
- Worked to bridge gap between native healers and medical doctors in an effort to eradicate tuberculosis among the Navajos
- Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963
- Second woman elected to serve on the Navajo Tribal Council (1951-1978)
Annie Dodge Wauneka grew up traveling with her father, the tribal chief, throughout the Navajo Nation and was made highly aware of the health needs of the Navajo people. Her life’s work was improving public health standards.
Documented her life as a Native American in an autobiographical book published in 1883
Spoke forcefully for her people at a time when women had no political clout at all
Sarah Winnemucca was born near Humboldt Lake in western Nevada, the daughter of Chief Winnemucca and his wife, Tuboitonie. The family members were part of the Paiute People. At the time, the Northern Paiutes and Washos Indians were the only inhabitants of western Nevada.