Winnemucca, Sarah

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Winnemucca, Sarah (b. Thocmetony)

(?1844–91) Northern Paiute educator, interpreter, writer; born near Humboldt Lake, Nev. She served often as an interpreter with the U.S. Army, looking to it for fair treatment for Indians and urging her people to keep the peace. She worked tirelessly, although ultimately unsuccessfully, for a permanent Paiute reservation. In 1884 she published Life Among the Paiutes.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.