Image credit: Zitkála-á, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Yankton Sioux) by Gertrude Kasebier, platinum print. Mina Turner ca 1898, 287543. National Museum of American History
Happy Birthday to Zitkála-á, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Yankton Sioux) was a dedicated activist for #NativeAmerican rights. A gifted writer, she was an outspoken critic of Indian boarding schools, having experienced as both student and teacher their policy of forced assimilation.
In 1926, Zitkála-á founded the National Council of American Indians, a pan-Indian organization dedicated to social and political reforms. Her birthday was actually the 22nd; I had this scheduled to post but overlooked it. She should not be forgotten.